If you were to visit St. Petersburg, FL, you would likely see a middle-aged black man sitting on the street corner, playing his heart out on the guitar. At first sight, he looks like just another street musician down on his luck. Beside him sits a pail where passersby can drop a few dollars or spare change. After a closer look, you might notice that the man is blind.
Eddie Maltsby Jr. has been blind since age 11. And for 32 years now, he has been playing his guitar for money on the street corners of downtown St. Petersburg. "Music is in me," Eddie says. But that's not all that's in him. This man also has a big heart and a love for the people in his community.
After years of receiving donations from people willing to lend him a helping hand, Eddie wanted to have a way to give back to his community. And so he created the "Florida Blind Boy" radio show. Now Eddie has taken his music from the streets to a tiny radio station study on 34th Street. He uses money from his own pocket, and donates items, such as gift cards for groceries and gas, to callers on his Saturday morning radio show. The show runs from 8:30 to 9 on 1590 AM.
To date, Eddie has given away over $2,000 of his own money. He has sponsors for his show, but the money is starting to run out. He's started a GoFundMe page to get extra donations that he can turn around and give back to the community that has such a special place in his heart. "I'm going to keep giving until I can't give anymore," he said. "I mean, right now I'm giving where I can't give anymore, so why stop?"