Sandy "The Flower Man" recovers from stroke, community steps in to help
The community is coming together to help Sandy "The Flower Man" Bell as he recovers from a stroke.
He's currently listed in fair condition at the hospital. His family is hoping he can come home this week.
The veteran is known for riding his bike around downtown Chattanooga, selling flowers to help make ends meet. Since he's been in the hospital for a few weeks, downtown businesses are using donation jars to encourage customers to help.
"I think everybody in Chattanooga knows Sandy the Flower Man, and if you've lived here very long you've seen him out on that colorful bicycle riding through town," said Becky Worley.
Becky owns Classic Cabinetry, where Sandy comes every week to help with odd jobs.
"He's a very consistent, hard worker," Worley said. "He makes me feel awesome, he makes everybody feel awesome. He has the brightest smile, and the best outlook on life."
Peter Melloy with Clyde's on Main Street says Sandy has been missed by customers and employees.
"Sandy is the flower guy, he comes in almost every day at least once or twice a day and brings his flowers," Melloy said. "He's a legend in Chattanooga."
Becky visited Sandy in the hospital, took his picture and posted an update on Facebook.
"When I went in that hospital room he was all smiles and happy to see me and was very positive and said I'm gonna be back out there soon."
The money raised will go to help pay Sandy's rent and medical expenses. Donations are being accepted here.
The community came together in a similar way for Sandy while he battled cancer in 2015.