How a little kindness from a stranger saved this man's life

By Samantha Luiz
14 January 2016

A little kindness does go a long way.

Down on his luck, a homeless man was ready to take his own life.

His luck began to change when a stranger bought him a cup of coffee and asked him to sit down.

"He told me a lot about how people are usually very mean to him because he's homeless, how drugs turned him into the person he hated, he lost his mom to cancer, he never knew his dad and he just wants to be someone his mom would be proud of (along with another hours worth of conversation.)", reads the post on the Facebook page Love What Matters. When the stranger, who is also a student, had to leave, "Chris asked me to wait so he can write something down for me." "Handing me a crumpled up receipt he apologized for having shaky hand writing, smiled, and left. I opened his note and this was it. 'I wanted to kill myself today, because of u I now do not. Thank u, beautiful person.' "

Today I went to Dunkin' Donuts and saw a clearly homeless guy sitting on the side of the road and picking up change. Eventually I saw him stroll into Dunkin, as he was counting his change to buy something I began to get super annoying and talked to him over and over again even when he didn't really want to talk. Since he had maybe $1 in change I bought him a coffee and bagel and asked him to sit down with me. He told me a lot about how people are usually very mean to him because he's homeless, how drugs turned him into the person he hated, he lost his mom to cancer, he never knew his dad and he just wants to be someone his mom would be proud of (along with another hours worth of conversation.) This lovely mans name was Chris and Chris was one of the most honest & sincere people I've ever met. After realizing I really need to get back to class Chris asked me to wait so he can write something down for me. Handing me a crumpled up receipt he apologized for having shaky hand writing, smiled, and left. I opened his note and this was it: 'I wanted to kill myself today, because of u I now do not. Thank u, beautiful person.' //Photo & story courtesy of Casey Fischer

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"There was actually a man at work, a few years back, that had decided to end his life that day," starts Diane Navyac McClellan's comment.

"When he came in that morning, someone greeted him,saying Good Morning, how are you? He thought about it all day, and changed his mind. He wound up going to the person that greeted him,and thanked him.......telling him the story. What is so hard about saying Hello, TY, excuse me? It's just plain common sense and kind."

Gary Edelmann Jr., who is also homeless shared his story.

"I am homeless,have been since last year,I was staying under a 275 overpass for 2 weeks.I am now in a program at the salvation army I am doing better now,just got a job today and start tomorrow so my life is looking better each day,I am not proud of how I end up here but I am getting myself out of it by the grace of god.So just asking to pray for the homeless and be kind."

As Becky Shroyer Rohrback commented:"You never know how one simple thing will literally change ones day around.... life around. heart emoticon Bless you!!!"

A little kindness does go a long way.

Sources: metro.co.uk, Facebook

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