She lost her card on a night out in Lancashire, UK. She must have been searching around in her purse with a dismayed look on her face because the homeless man approached and offered her the last of his cash to help her get home safely.
Although she didn't accept his money, she thought his kindness over and made a vow to spend 24 hours on the streets on mission to help him. Other people have come forward with stories of how he'd helped them during a time of need with offers of cash or even a warm scarf. As a beauty queen finalist, she must have been confident of her ability to touch the hearts of supporters.
After driving around and around the next day, she finally located the man who is known as 'Robbie'. He told her he'd been evicted from his home and couldn't apply for a job because of his lack of address.
She has launched a twitter campaign to raise funds for his deposit on a flat. Many young people have joined her by sleeping rough on the streets. So far, she has managed to raise nearly £25,000 and touched the hearts of thousands of people. To help, read the Daily Mail article.
How wonderful to reward kindness from a stranger with returned benevolence.
When I first lived in England in the late 80s, I worked in London. My eyes were opened by all the hopeless people sleeping in doorways early in the morning when I arrived for work at King's Cross. Back then, I stepped over them as if they were part of the rubbish cluttering the pavement. I'd been through a traumatic divorce and shifted half way around the world with just one suitcase full of clothes. Full of determination, I found a job within a week. I couldn't see why these homeless people were not trying. Now, I understand. Everyone's circumstances are different. At the age of 45, I had youth and strength and the right mentality on my side. I didn't see how excess alcohol could wear down a person's ability to care for themselves or how they might not possess the same ability or experience.
What do you think about homeless people?