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"Jimmy is family," New Hampton group forms close bond with homeless man

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A story about a stranger in Iowa becoming family.

A group in New Hampton has become very close with a homeless man they met two years ago. Now, they're looking for answers. 

The group spotted this man along an interstate two years ago. He said his name is Jimmy Robinson, and he's estimated to be around 60 years old. 

The New Hampton family helped Jimmy get to a motel, where he stayed until he decided to go to Kansas City. The group helped him get there, and thought that was going to be the last they'd hear from him. 

Now, two years later, Jimmy found this Iowa group again. 

He's become family. He eats at the dinner table, helps out around the house, and attends football games! 

This New Hampton family says they want to eventually see Jimmy get his own job and his own house. The problem is it's unknown whether or not Jimmy has a social security number. Right now, very little is known about him. 

Area law enforcement checked to see if there was a warrant out for his arrest or to see if he is a missing person. They found nothing. 

"Right now Jimmy has no identity. He's considered to not exist. He's a ghost. He's a real person. He's sitting right here on my couch. You can see him, you can touch him, you can talk to him, but according to the federal government, he doesn't exist. That is, until we can locate a social security number," Nicholas Bentley says. 

A Facebook group and page have been created, called, "Where in Tar-nation is Jimmy Robinson." Anyone can join the group to keep up with Jimmy's story, reach out to help, or post pictures with him if they run into him. 

This family says they hope someone might recognize him, or help him find a family member. 

If you would like to join the group, click here

The community is also helping Jimmy Robinson. A lady is making Christmas ornaments that people can buy. All of the money raised from these ornaments will help Jimmy. 

Businesses and groups are also selling T-Shirts, Tupperware, and more to raise money for Jimmy. 

For a look at the Tupperware, click here. For a look at the ornaments, click here

If you would like to donate or buy one of these items, reach out to the Facebook group. 

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