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SEAFORD, De-There's a truck that has been sighted in Sussex County with hundreds of items piled on the top.

Most people have never been able to figure out who owns it or the story behind it all--until now. 

Jay Struve says he used to work at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., but he got laid off years ago. 

He's had jobs since then at places like Mountaire Farms here on Delmarva after relocating, but keeping a steady job has been difficult.

Struve is currently homeless, and lives out of his truck. He loves to read and research leisurely. 

"I read the autobiography of Nat King Cole and he had a really hard time even though he had all this talent," Struve said.

People like this give Struve hope--so does the Bible he reads daily. 

Most days, Struve dumpster dives for leftover food and other unwanted materials, so he can repair them and hopefully sell them to survive.  

He keeps everything on the top of his car, which has turned a lot of heads in Sussex County.

"I feel like I'm one of the lucky homeless people. There's a lot of homeless people that have literally nothing. They don't have a truck they can occasionally take on the road," he said.

The truck is home to a Struve, and hundreds of other collectibles--including a refrigerator, a freezer, a washing machine and more.

Some people in the area say they do not agree with Struve's truck, and they think it is unsafe.

But this is how Struve makes a living. He says his car is safe and nothing has ever fallen off. 

"The federal law on the subject is a load must be restrained from front to back with a restraining device, whether it's the chain or a cord with working strength that's at least working strength of 0.8 G Forces, and from side to side 0.5 G Forces."

Struve says he's been ticketed in the past, but his truck is in compliance. 

"Sometimes people make jokes of me, or belittle me, and every now and then people would give me a few dollars for gasoline, or bring a burger and put it on the hood of the car."

Struve says some people do not understand his truck, but people like Vernon Roberts saw his truck and asked a few questions. 

Roberts saw Struve's truck and says God told him to turn around and see if anyone was inside. 

"I rolled my window down and he finally rolled his window down and I asked 'how can I help you, and he said, I need a job,'" Roberts said. 

Since then, Roberts has helped Struve get on his feet. He's helped him with food, bought him a cellphone, and drives him around to help him find a job.

"When you think you're going through a lot, and you think you've hit rock bottom, things like this, people like him remind you that you're actually doing really good."

Roberts says Struve has already interviewed for jobs and people nationally have donated to Struve after his story was shared on Facebook.

Roberts says he will be setting up a  GoFundMe page, which can be found on his personal Facebook Page soon. 

He says the two will remain friends even after Struve lands on his feet. 

 

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