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Homeless Man Receives $100... Then Shocks Everyone With How He Spends It


Society & Culture  (tags: homeless, charity, kindness )

Tomoko
- 1606 days ago - today.com
Let's face it: Many of us hesitate to hand money to the homeless, concerned they will spend it in ways we'd consider unwise.



   

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Slava R (1311)
Wednesday December 24, 2014, 7:20 pm
This made my day. Shared on Twitter.
 

MmAway M (519)
Wednesday December 24, 2014, 9:00 pm
Thank you Tomoko! Made me smile!
 

Richard S (209)
Wednesday December 24, 2014, 9:44 pm
He bought food for other homeless people he didn't even know.

Just wonderful. And what a guy--left his job to care for his dying stepdad; his mom died 2 weeks later; and he ended up on the streets.

There's a link to an Indiegogo crowd funding page to help him get his life back:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-thomas-to-get-a-fresh-start.
 

Mary T (356)
Wednesday December 24, 2014, 9:55 pm
thanks for sharing Tomoko the great video
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 24, 2014, 11:06 pm
Saw this yesterday+i'm still smiling! Really sweet story--even sweeter knowing thousands have donated generously to help this beautiful soul get a home+back on his feet again. ThanksTomoko
 

Stephen D (58)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 12:01 am
Thank you for sharing..
 

Alan Lambert (91)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 1:38 am
Excellent news. Great candidate for rehabilitation. Sometimes when people spend time in the fire they emerge as fine steel.
 

Anteater Ants (122)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 4:42 am
great story
 

Teresa W (782)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 5:20 am
awesome
 

Animae C (508)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 5:33 am
Truly beautiful story.

T.Y. Tomoko
 

Süheyla C (234)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 6:03 am
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Arielle S (313)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 6:36 am
Wonderful story - shows how our preconceived notions can be so wrong....
 

Elfje Muse (98)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 6:43 am
I find that no matter what they spend it on it is their money from the time we give it. But this guy does something great!! But let us not forget that others don't tell us what to do with our money either so we should give without judging even if we believe the money could be better spend.
 

Ben Oscarsito (131)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 8:02 am
I read this a week ago...there might be some hope after all...
 

. (0)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 11:35 am
Read this yesterday.
 

Birgit W (160)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 1:45 pm
What a wonderful story. Thank you very much for sharing.
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 2:37 pm
Oh, I approve, and I gather everyone here does, but followers of Ayn Rand wouldn't approve at all. Not that they give anything to anyone anyway.
 

Joanne A (47)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 2:57 pm
Noted. Thanks
 

Roslyn McBride (26)
Thursday December 25, 2014, 8:22 pm
This is definitely a good Christmas story
 

Jeannet Bertelink (74)
Friday December 26, 2014, 1:28 am
Amazing... thanks for sharing this beautiful story
 

. (2)
Friday December 26, 2014, 3:42 am
arigato
 

Ruth C (87)
Friday December 26, 2014, 4:40 am
It says: Many of us hesitate to hand money to the homeless, concerned they will spend it in ways we'd consider unwise.

Is buying a Disney hat wise spending, or lottery tickets day after day, is that wise spending?

I would gladly give money to the homeless then give it to a big company so that they can continue to make they pockets fatter!
 

Ruth C (87)
Friday December 26, 2014, 4:41 am
It says: Many of us hesitate to hand money to the homeless, concerned they will spend it in ways we'd consider unwise.

Is buying a Disney hat wise spending, or lottery tickets day after day, is that wise spending?

I would gladly give money to the homeless then give it to a big company so that they can continue to make their pockets fatter!
 

Tomoko Harris (83)
Friday December 26, 2014, 6:49 am
Great comment Ruth S.
 

Klaus Peters (14)
Friday December 26, 2014, 6:50 am
Site blocked for me. How did he spend his money?
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday December 26, 2014, 8:35 am
Klaus he used it to buy food then gave the food to other homeless people.

I also had to sell my home to take care of my Mother, living off of my sale to help her, as well as finish raising my son as well as stepping in to care for my Grandchild. Thankful I live in apartment today and not on the streets, but there are many of us who have cared for our Elders at great cost to ourselves. I read of these stories a lot on the internet.

This is wonderful what he did but time after time the least among us tend to be the most generous. Go into the humble dwellings of the most poor around the world and they will offer you something even if it's only water to drink as it's all they have.

Indeed Joanne, the Ayn Rand's of the world see reality through a very Cold and Heartless lens. Their twisted logic is what has so many suffering today and yet they'd walk over that person that they might of even helped to create for that person's situation with their heartless ways.
 

(0)
Friday December 26, 2014, 12:40 pm
Dandelion is absolutely right. I was surveying houses in the late 1970's and pregnant with my second child, I felt a bit faint, an old lady who was washing her door step said "are you alright dear" I asked her for a glass of water, she invited me inside, her modest home was spotless, she took me into the kitchen and took out a sparkling jam jar, filled it and handed it to me, she explained over the years she had broken her cups and saucers due to Parkinson's and that is all she had, she waited until I finished and then made me a cup of tea and apologized for not having milk and sugar. This was over thirty years ago and I have never forgotten a sweet old lady, who took me in and gave me water and tea, she touched me deeply. Happy Boxing Day ALL.
 

Gloria H (88)
Friday December 26, 2014, 1:47 pm
pay it forward
 

Leanne B (46)
Friday December 26, 2014, 1:57 pm
This was a heartwarming story on the news. Thanks for posting.
 

S J (124)
Friday December 26, 2014, 2:23 pm
Thank you Tomoko for sharing such a great story.

So far, I have been travelling quite a lot esp. to places where people have troubles and I find that the poorest are the most generous. I myself also had some very good direct experiences that help me keep hope in people.

However, one of the greatest gift in my life came from a mentally ill man after I paid for a bowl of noodle for him. He was complained by the shopkeeper because he couldn't pay for it and over his dirty cloth. He left the noodle shop then came back and walked towards me, a bit hesitate, to give me few pieces of stone and 2 discharge AA battery. I owed him much more gratitude.
 

marie C (163)
Friday December 26, 2014, 2:36 pm
Thank you Tomoko
Wonderful
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 27, 2014, 4:46 am
Thank you.
 

Winn A (179)
Saturday December 27, 2014, 8:37 am
Agree with Sheryl. I find that people with the least are the most willing to give to others. I hope this story will have a ripple effect on those that see the video or read about it and it will inspire us all to do what we can where we can. I want to remember this now and throughout the new year.
 

Charlene Rush (79)
Saturday December 27, 2014, 4:51 pm
This is a perfect example, of how _prejudging_ someone, due to their appearance, can be a horrible mistake. I can say, all I want, that I comprehend someone else's feelings due to circumstances, but naturally, I can't and never will.

It's arduous to imagine anyone, wanting to live on the street, when a better opportunity is offered. You can never relax or take anything for granted. Apparently, safety is a major concern. Having to guard the few possessions that you do have can be challenging.

I wouldn't wish this way of life on anyone, and the United States should be ashamed to have 600,000 +, in the wealthiest industrialized nation in the world.
 

Panchali Yapa (26)
Sunday December 28, 2014, 1:47 am
Thank you
 

Miriam AWAY Site issues (61)
Sunday December 28, 2014, 7:20 am
THANK YOU for your time and for posting!
 

Tina C (50)
Sunday December 28, 2014, 7:48 pm
Klaus, videos are often sporadically blocked for me too. (Spoiler alert) He walked into a liquor store, and came out with a bag that he took to the park. Then he went up to a group of other homeless people in the park, took bread out of the bag and gave it to them.
Dandelion, I think it is a shame that people caring for their parents often have to give up so much.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday December 29, 2014, 3:31 am
ty
 

Alexandra G (250)
Monday December 29, 2014, 4:15 am
great story, thank you Tomoko
 

Freya H (345)
Monday December 29, 2014, 11:53 am
You don't have to be rich - or even reasonably stable - in order to be generous. We can all give something. If you can't give money, give time.
 

William Moorman (22)
Monday December 29, 2014, 1:31 pm
Thanks
 

David C (75)
Monday December 29, 2014, 1:48 pm
thanks, nice story.
 

Athena F (131)
Monday December 29, 2014, 3:57 pm
thank you
 

Lawrence Hess (50)
Monday December 29, 2014, 4:07 pm
There's still some caring people around.
 

Klaus Peters (14)
Monday December 29, 2014, 6:36 pm
This man does not deserve to be out on the streets! He has a great heart, one in a million.
 

Klaus Peters (14)
Monday December 29, 2014, 7:00 pm
Dandelion, I got around my over protective security software and was able to view the video. Also thanks for replying when I was frustrated for not being able to check out this post. I gave you a green star for your effort.
 

Edith B (146)
Monday December 29, 2014, 9:17 pm
Great story, hope it has a happy ending for Thomas. Early in my working life, I was a social worker who had to go to people's homes. The poorest of the poor always offered me food or drink. Too many are ready to judge people by what they have, instead of who they are.
 

Leslie Stanick (102)
Tuesday December 30, 2014, 3:56 am
Thank you...all
 

Gabriele Jefferson (147)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 3:30 am
noted, shared on fb, twitter, g+, thx
 
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