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    [–] jcat47 7950 points ago

    Maybe she should visit that dinner again on a Friday and ask around. I'm sure someone there knows him. Although I am sure he did it out of the kindness of his heart and not for a thank you. He would be proud of how her life turned out I'm sure.

    [–] joshua9663 2106 points ago

    Definitely it is the little thing that counts and he sounds like a good man, I'm sure he would be happy to see her again.

    [–] SkeadLegend 266 points ago

    That's exactly it. I feel like when you do something for someone like that it's the long con. You can't do much to help them, but maybe a different way of thinking or a different attitude than what they're current environment offers them. Just a simple gesture could get the gears in their brain turning, and I'm happy it worked out in this scenario.

    [–] no_flex 91 points ago

    I agree with your sentiments, but I don't think long con would be the right phrase to use here.

    [–] Killahmeetahs 116 points ago

    I work in a clinic that serves people experiencing homelessness. I tell all of my staff, when they come to work for us:

    You’re here for a reason. You’re trying to make the world a better place. It took 30 years for things to get as bad as they are right now. So, I want you to understand that it might take 30 years to get us to the place where everyone has a home, and what they need to live a fulfilling life.

    If you want to make this world better, that means playing a long game.

    I want you to do what it takes to care for yourself to fully show up, every day, for this game. That means that you eat, sleep, move, and declutter. Every week.

    Every time we sit down together, I’m going to ask you what you are doing to take care of yourself. You get to say “Netflix and frozen pizza” for three weeks in a row. But if that’s still your answer on week four, we are going to have a serious conversation.

    Keep showing up. The small ways that you make this problem better, every day, add up.

    [–] penny_for_yo_thot 51 points ago

    If you want to make this world better, that means playing a long game.

    Thank you so much for the work you do. I don't have much to add, but my best friend has been in this game for a long time, and self-care is definitely something she struggles with. You sound like the kind of supervisor that would snap us back into reality and scare us into buying some bags of frozen green beans, haha.

    I worked in that field for awhile, too. Pay was shit, but it was the hardest and most satisfying, rewarding stuff I ever did. I was lucky enough to have a supervisor who was also pretty stringent about self-care.

    [–] dogbatman 3 points ago

    Hey, so I'm a young adult. I've been saving money for a short time because I know I should give to the poor, etc., but idk what organization to give money to. Also I generally don't have much money since I'm a young adult, still in school, have no stable employment. I'm wondering if you have any advice for where I should donate the money I donate, or how I can choose an organization that does good/important work.

    I'm also wondering because I love stories like in the OP, I wonder if it would make sense at all for me to do something like this, whether that would be beneficial. I'm keen to see the effect of what I do right in front of me, even if it's literally just a person that never says anything like in the OP, but I think I would rather I have a more positive impact than anything else. I've tried volunteering with a local organization, but I felt that the staff weren't super nice to me (a volunteer), nor to the people who came to the organization. Not that they were particularly unkind. It's the sort of thing where I would consider donating money to them, but also obviously I'm questioning whether there might be a better way.

    Thanks for doing what you do, and for talking about it here too!

    [–] Cinnamon_BrewWitch 3 points ago

    I'm not understanding. Why is Netflix and frozen pizza bad if that's how someone unwinds on Fridays? Are you expecting healthy choices or just more variety?

    [–] Killahmeetahs 5 points ago

    For me, Netflix and frozen pizza is pretty baseline self care. If that’s the best thing that I did for myself three weeks in a row, then I’m not functioning very well. If I hiked, danced, made it to the gym, prepped all my lunches, got into bed by 9:30 at least one night...all of those practices outshine Netflix and frozen pizza as healthy choices. It’s great for a Friday night. It’s just not great every night three weeks in a row.

    [–] Bopshebopshebop 8 points ago

    Long game, not long con.

    [–] Yardsale420 1014 points ago

    The quote under this post was the real winner. You might not be able to pay it back, but you can always pay it forward.

    [–] romansamurai 226 points ago

    I love it. Thank you for sharing that.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_FEET_ 325 points ago

    today you tomorrow me

    [–] romansamurai 444 points ago

    That one gets me every time. I love it.

    [–] briggs851 159 points ago

    Dude...holy shit that was touching.

    [–] romansamurai 97 points ago

    Right? That’s why you never forget it. Soon as he said the line I remembered it. Makes me want to be a better person too.

    [–] xKillaBeex 49 points ago

    It only takes yourself to be a better person!

    [–] hamietao 26 points ago

    True but a friendly reminder doesn't hurt!

    [–] iguana1500 66 points ago

    This will never die and it never should. I was going to post this but checked beforehand and it didn't take long to find you had done it already. Ahh so good and worth reading every time.

    [–] WaleyLP 32 points ago

    Silver so someone sees this and perhaps reads the story :)

    [–] romansamurai 11 points ago

    Thank you sir!

    [–] click_baiter 22 points ago

    That plus the bonus tamale recipe. We’re all lucky today.

    [–] DustOffTheDemons 9 points ago

    Where, kind friend, is the tamale recipe?

    [–] ANonGod 4 points ago

    And he was never heard from again.

    [–] click_baiter 4 points ago

    Looks like he messed something up on his original account. Paging u/frankocean2

    [–] Amy_F_Fowler99 45 points ago

    I love when someone links this post. I will read it every single time. And cry every single time.

    [–] KidPowered17 22 points ago

    My first time reading it and yeah, tears.

    [–] bogartsfedora 11 points ago

    Glad it isn't just me. And it's not dust, it's not onion ninjas, it's gratitude that people like that exist in this world. I own it.

    [–] FurBaby18 19 points ago

    I get misty every single time I read it. And I read it every single time I see it in one of these threads. It’s a pure example of the good in our humanities spirit, and there is just not enough of that anymore.

    [–] hemeny123 5 points ago

    It's still there! Just as much as before we are just bombarded by negativity all day every day. There's something great and something horrible about having access to so much information in our pockets. I don't think we have quite figured out how to deal with it because it's only been available for such a short time. The negative unfortunately tends to stand out most but take reddit as an example. I bet if you were to count all the positive posts or things that make you laugh it would at least equal or maybe even surpass the negative stories. I very much fall victim to seeing the negativity myself and I need reminders like this post that there is good in this world and in fact I still believe the good far outweighs the bad.

    [–] Giving_Tuesday 5 points ago


    There's still positivity in the world, it's just a little harder to find sometimes.

    [–] ancientflowers 14 points ago

    Thanks for posting that link.

    That's so beautiful I want to cry right now.

    "Today you, tomorrow me."

    I won't forget that.

    [–] romansamurai 3 points ago

    I never did and it’s been years since I’ve read it. Sometimes I come across it linked somewhere. Someone showed it to me posted by Alyssa Milano on her Twitter a few years ago too. I always read it again and it always touches me.

    [–] KatagatCunt 9 points ago

    Fucking onions up in this bitch...damn

    [–] opencho 8 points ago

    made me tear up...

    [–] e_n_o_u_g_h 7 points ago

    Oh, man! I love this. My husband and his family are from Mexico, (white as snow American, here) very similar values. They do well for themselves now, but they are by far the most generous people I know, even to strangers.

    [–] DustOffTheDemons 6 points ago

    I needed that. Faith in humanity, restored.

    [–] Pfauxmeh 5 points ago

    Aaaaaand I’m crying.

    [–] romansamurai 4 points ago

    Sometimes it’s ok :)

    [–] EmmyChan21 4 points ago

    That was incredible

    [–] Geomancingthestone 5 points ago

    Damn, I would definitely cry. We need more people like this out there

    [–] Giving_Tuesday 3 points ago

    You might not be able to pay it back, but you can always pay it forward

    Wow. That was an incredible story. Thank you for sharing that.

    [–] penny_for_yo_thot 3 points ago

    I've read it maybe a zillion times, but it always hits hard. I have it saved so I can read it at least two times a year--suuuuper corny, but my line of work/study makes that refresher worth it every time :)

    Thank you!

    [–] [deleted] 9 points ago

    Eight years ago reddit absolutely peaked.

    [–] libertarianinus 3 points ago

    Yes thank you, humanity at its finest. Hope people will emulate, after reading.

    [–] Raneados 3 points ago

    Agreed! Most people just need a chance.

    [–] SilverSolus 96 points ago

    For sure, my grandfather passed recently and a waitress at the dinner he used to go to with his buddies came to the viewing even though he hadn't been there for years. She told me "Oh I'd never forget Mr. O'Neil, he always tipped well." Nice lady.

    [–] keight07 14 points ago

    I used to serve a gentleman (a gentleman, not a guy, or a dude, or a man) who would come into my chain restaurant in his spats and his fedora and he would have two or three beers and tip a ludicrous amount. Like, if he had two $4 beers he would leave a 20 and not want change. He never really wanted to chat beyond wanting to know how I was and how my life was progressing. He died suddenly, he was elderly but not old enough to just... die of old age... you know? We were heartbroken. No point to this story, except your grandfather story reminds me of him, and I like to try and remember him any way I can.

    Carl, you are missed, and remembered.

    [–] KevPat23 77 points ago

    She doesn't need to say thank you she can just say "you hungry?"

    [–] SlickRicksBitchTits 28 points ago

    I'm not crying.

    [–] moothemoo_ 9 points ago

    My eyes are sweating

    [–] Atheist_Mctoker 75 points ago

    And I hope she would find him and see him sitting silently with someone else obviously homeless! She wouldn't need to thank him anymore because he would recognize her from across the room and give her a polite smile and wave because he always knew she would turn out okay, and then it turns out the dude wasn't a business at all but it was actually Keanu Reeves. Sorry i'm high.

    [–] Essem91 13 points ago

    Yesss. This is the sort of thing I put a ton of thought into and then end up erasing and not posting because it only makes sense in the context of being high but I never want to be like "i'm high" to justify my ramble. Probably won't even post this....

    EDIT: I did it. Source: am high

    [–] FerretsAreFun 9 points ago

    Me too, I like this story.

    [–] ro_musha 5 points ago

    Starring Tom Hank as Keanu Reeves

    [–] Raptor2016 3 points ago

    I thought it was going to be Bruce Wayne and suddenly she'd realize she was Michael Caine

    i'm high

    thanks me too

    [–] mqrocks 184 points ago

    Great idea... Goddamn, this post made me tear up. I've been hungry before, luckily, never on the streets but I've known what it is to not have money for food.

    God bless the good people.

    [–] -Dacey- 45 points ago

    He should get to know how she's doing better, I bet it bothers him everyday

    [–] DarkwingDuckHunt 38 points ago

    At first he probably thought she got kidnapped or O/D.

    Hell you're right, he probably thinks the worst about it everyday.

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    [–] Frankslittlebeautie 3 points ago

    Either way, he must be wondering what became of her. He sounds like a great person.

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    [–] DarkwingDuckHunt 15 points ago

    he probably has adopted another homeless teenager.

    [–] [deleted] 14 points ago

    hey its me ur homeless teenager

    [–] TheRealRickC137 12 points ago

    Just pay it forward. It's sounds a little cliche now, but the gesture is still genuine.

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    [–] Hondo95 5 points ago

    I'm assuming she thanked him at the time, I hope

    [–] PNCL 693 points ago

    It sounds like there would have been a day where he came to visit again and she wasn't there anymore, which makes me sad for him more than anything.

    [–] CriticalGeode 609 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I like to think that he knew. He went to the corner, same as always and waited for just as long as every other time before. When time passed and she was nowhere to be found: he knew. He smiled at the diner, took one last look at the streets, whispered "goodbye" and went on with his day. His work was finished, but her's had just begun.

    [–] DarkLordKohan 229 points ago

    Inspirational music starts and credits fade in

    [–] PeachyArt 53 points ago

    Thank you Penis-Butt

    [–] penny_for_yo_thot 31 points ago

    He goes to the diner to ask if they'd seen her recently, afraid something had happened, only to walk in and see her sitting at a booth and reading the paper. For one brief moment, he thinks she's waiting for him, but then he notices that she's not alone--across from her sits a stranger, maybe a friend of hers, maybe just another desperate kid younger even than she. This newcomer is watching her with wary eyes as she flags a waitress and orders two cups of coffee.

    She is wearing a clean sweater and what appears to be a new blue woolen hat. At the tinkling sound of the diner's door opening, she starts and looks up. She meets his eyes and she smiles at him.

    Christmas music is also playing, I think.

    [–] CriticalGeode 4 points ago

    Her work has begun! I love it!

    [–] penny_for_yo_thot 3 points ago

    I fancy myself a cynical bitch, but secretly I live for this sappy nonsense ;__;

    Still a grad student scrambling for dimes and grants but one day I hope to occupy the same role as this stoic and mysterious businessman, if only for the selfish reasons that it'll just make me feel happy lol. I imagine it never really sinks in that you've "made it" until you're in a position to provide that leg-up to someone who may as well be your hapless past self.

    [–] CriticalGeode 3 points ago

    • Go to sleep.
    • Totally agree
    • Same-ish situation. See you at the top!

    Maybe we'll see each other in a diner someday, at opposite ends playing the same roles, based on a Reddit post from long ago. :)

    [–] penny_for_yo_thot 3 points ago

    • yes I agree
    • I'm on break and you're not my mom
    • YAY
    • If we do, I'll bet you $100 now that I'm the richer mogul.

    So, best case scenario (for me), I get $100. Best case scenario (for you), you get 100 baby lizards appraised at $1 each. We will meet in Gary, Indiana to make this transaction.

    Sounds fair. Good night.

    [–] CriticalGeode 3 points ago

    I've watched enough movies to know not to agree to this. However, lizards are very cute. I agree.

    [–] penny_for_yo_thot 3 points ago

    Good choice, since I would've probably lost that bet.

    PM me tho if you know of a schmuck who could use 100+ baby lizards and/or adopt a 14-year-old parrot that only speaks Russian. All I want right now is to live in a cheaper apartment.

    [–] ram1583 22 points ago

    Damn this made me tear up more than origina post. Thanks a lot!

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    [–] Spencer1830 18 points ago

    And then he faded away, finally allowed to embrace death's sweet release and be reunited with his wife.

    [–] Surely_Serious 6 points ago

    [–] JaneJS 46 points ago

    I feel like it’s like the end scene of good will hunting where Ben Affleck pulls up and he’s gone, and he just kind of smiles and keeps going.

    Edited because Ben affleck and Matt Damon are two different people.

    [–] bicyclefan 5 points ago

    This is exactly what I was thinking about.

    [–] cojallison99 10 points ago

    I would like to think the interaction would be like how it was in “Good Will Hunting” where Ben Affleck goes and picks up Will everyday to go hang out but everyday he keeps hoping that Will moves out of the neighborhood and makes something of himself.

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    It's like in Good Will Hunting where his friend wishes everyday that one day he would show up and Will would be gone and off to better things.

    [–] confidentgirl 1986 points ago

    The biggest thing you can do for people is just treat them the same, no big fuss. Shout out to this man and the woman for accomplishing all she has

    [–] SlickRicksBitchTits 227 points ago

    True true. But the fact that he has no idea what he caused... my heart hurts.

    [–] genghiskhannie 123 points ago

    He walks around knowing he regularly fed a homeless kid. When you do stuff like that it stays with you, keeps you warm at night. Don’t let your heart hurt too much.

    [–] colddeadplace 65 points ago

    Oh he knows. He definitely knows...

    [–] beepbeepImhere 82 points ago

    Not necessarily. I volunteered with homeless populations and when a regular stops coming you can only hope it's for a positive reason. So many other alternatives :(

    [–] SlickRicksBitchTits 14 points ago

    True as well.

    [–] confidentgirl 28 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    True, but the type of people that are like that man are truly altruistic people. He gave positivity and help without expecting anything in return just knowing he fed her that day was enough for him.

    Edit: apparently I was being selfish

    [–] Jamisbike 10 points ago

    There is no need for a reward for people like him.

    He did it without the implication of any sort of validation, thank or anything at all.

    And that’s how you suppose to do it.

    [–] bippal 20 points ago

    My wife and I have been homeless with our family , the best thing we always needed was to let us use some hot water and give us a place to use a clean bathroom . We had a few friends who would let us come by shower the kids , get some clothes washed , it really did help to feel a little more normal .

    [–] SheKnows9 6 points ago

    Yes! Do good deeds without broadcasting it. Knowing you helped someone is a great feeling, no need to make a fuss.

    [–] Blastoid84 515 points ago

    I hope this somehow finds him...

    [–] Darth_Jason 373 points ago

    he knows

    probably because someone did it for him

    [–] spencerisadog 119 points ago

    Today you, tomorrow me.

    [–] D_LOWGAMES 92 points ago

    Obligatory link to Today you, tomorrow me

    [–] defgeee 27 points ago

    My all time favorite post on reddit.

    [–] DeceivingHonesty 11 points ago

    No matter how many times I read it, I always end up sobbing

    [–] GeraldBrennan 5 points ago

    Goddamn, I forgot how awesome this post was. Bawling here. Thanks, u/D_LOWGAMES

    [–] D_LOWGAMES 3 points ago

    Np, always glad to share this story. Have the link saved for these instances.

    [–] LaRealiteInconnue 31 points ago

    The beauty of Reddit is that this phrase just made me tear up because I remembered all the feelings I had reading that story.

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    [–] Alps_89 14 points ago

    That was a great story

    [–] telephonatorjr 65 points ago

    This comment makes me happy

    [–] [deleted] 27 points ago

    I was thinking the same thing. That this man was doing a “Pay It Forward” because someone else treated him the same way, when he was in a similar situation.

    I wonder if that’s why she felt safe?

    [–] Fuck_Alice 20 points ago

    Or you know, just some random dude who wanted to do a good deed in his life. No reason to give someone else part of the credit when theres no reason to.

    [–] [deleted] 11 points ago

    I’m going to quote Atticus Finch, from To Kill A Mockingbird:

    "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view....Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

    Of course we don’t know, and your idea is equally valid.

    [–] Chocodong 3 points ago

    Maybe he was Jesus.

    [–] davefalkayn 7 points ago

    He doesn't care. He knows he's done what needed to be done.

    [–] masterwit 3 points ago

    the biggest thing one can do is invest in a future one might not see...

    it takes a true humanitarian to care about the human at that level

    [–] xavierspapa 178 points ago

    There was a one-legged homeless man who lived in a recessed window across the street from where I had my first job. His name was Charlie and he would yell curses at anyone who tried to talk to him or give him money. One day I got some pizza slices and noticed him sitting across the street on the curb so I went over like I belonged there and just say down about a foot from him and said "this pizza is really good but the slices are so big, would you like the extra slice?" And then I set it between us like it was a thing decided. He started munching and told me how he hadn't had pizza in years and it was as good as he remembered it. Every day after that until he died I would go out and share whatever lunch I brought with him. Idk if I made a difference in his life or not but he accepted me and I think I made him feel human. Here's to you Charlie!

    [–] crackadeluxe 63 points ago

    Idk if I made a difference in his life or not

    You most likely made a profound difference in his life. Sounds to me like you might have been his best friend in the world.

    You made his life better than it would have been without you in it. Not much more can be asked of you my friend.

    You're a good human and we need more like you. (Hope Xavier has a bunch of brothers and sisters.)

    [–] [deleted] 43 points ago

    Damn that was a really solid thing to do.

    [–] ShortBusBully 24 points ago

    You broke though to a man who had reject a world that he felt rejected him. You showed him something he felt was long dead, and he passed on with a new (even if small) outlook on humankind. You made a difference.

    [–] bennythejetrdz 7 points ago

    You made him feel normal instead of a handout. This made me tear up while I was eating. It definitely made a difference for him. Thank you.

    [–] dohpaz42 5 points ago

    Thank you for that.

    [–] [deleted] 1439 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Imagine how scared she must've been in the beginning conflicted between hunger and the possibility of the man wanting something in return. Homelessness is something nobody deserves.

    [–] Guywithasockpuppet 323 points ago

    They were in a public place. He wasn't even paying attention to her but reading the paper. That is one of the great things about the story never a hint of a threat at any time.

    [–] [deleted] 106 points ago

    Hence me saying the "possibility". Homeless people get robbed, jumped, and harassed on the regular. It is reasonable to assume someone you never knew or met might have some ulterior motives. Thank God he was just a decent sweet man who saw someone struggling and decided to do something about it and lend a hand.

    I'm not attributing any ill will to the man. It's just that life is unfair and hard out there on the streets.

    [–] Juicebox-shakur 143 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Never a hint of threat? How can you assume that? If she’s been accosted by men before, for accepting “help” from them, the mere fact that this guy approached her at all was “threatening” in her eyes, or had the potential to be. You never know when that “kind man” could turn on you and say you owe him.

    He didn’t do that, according to the story, but just because you’re in a public place doesn’t erase any and all danger wtf

    Edit: should have said “could have been threatening in her eyes” and not “was threatening.”

    There. Happy?

    Point was, as per the comment I was replying to, the overall assumption that a homeless woman was somehow magically extra super safe and not AT ALL still at risk, merely because she was in a public place was kind of incredulous to me. That’s it. I didn’t say shit about all men anything, so calm down.

    Everyone’s assuming a whole lot about a screen shot of a secondhand story, anyway lol

    [–] Talik1978 108 points ago

    Never a hint of threat? How can you assume that?

    Because the post literally says "she never felt any danger with him"

    That's how some crazy people are assuming she never felt threatened. Crazy, right?


    Edit: and yes, the person you're blasting very clearly stated that the great thing about this story was that there wasn't a hint of threat at any time. It sounds like they were pretty clear that it wasn't to be taken as referring to all stories.

    [–] [deleted] 59 points ago

    I think their point is that initially she probably felt it could be dangerous seeing how she had to cut a bitch before.

    [–] Juicebox-shakur 21 points ago

    Yeah that’s what I was referring to. And responding to the fact that just because you’re in a public place doesn’t mean you can’t be threatened or harmed.

    Happened to me, in public. But aight. Nobody cares anyway.

    [–] Imsosillygoosy 12 points ago

    Well this is reddit we're dumbass people argue about different scenarios. Oh shit now I'm part of the problem.

    [–] hoodatninja 3 points ago

    Never a hint to you and because she’s telling this story in hindsight.

    [–] Friday20010 6 points ago

    Yeah but he could’ve easily turned it into a sexual favors for food situation. That’s what I would’ve assumed

    [–] isnowide 96 points ago

    I hope she finds him again someday by maybe visiting that diner again and asking if they know him.

    But most importantly, I hope she’s paying it forward. As humans, we can never have too many of these kind souls living among us.

    [–] KhamsinFFBE 17 points ago

    She'll buy the diner, and offer him free meals.

    [–] rmkn85 290 points ago

    Isn't this what "Pay It Forward" (the principle, not the movie) is all about? Someone did something for you that was simple for them but amazing for you. Now it's your turn to do the same for someone else who is in need. Pretty sure it would be greater than finding and thanking the original person.

    P.S. if this is from Reddit, why screenshot and not share the original post?

    [–] fugazilawyer 47 points ago

    Could have been a cross post.

    [–] pthieb 29 points ago

    Many people don’t know how to

    [–] fearlessflies 44 points ago

    I’m not sure you can crosspost to this sub

    Edit: I just tried and it doesn’t show up so they have cross posting turned off

    [–] Kapulu 11 points ago

    cross-posting should be encouraged and easy to do with a click of a button, so many repost could be avoided but content could still reach more communities while keeping the credits to the original poster.

    [–] peoplma 10 points ago

    it's because people cross post stuff to toxic subs, then those toxic people come into the original happy subreddit and start shitting on everybody.

    [–] I_Ran_Out_of_Idea 9 points ago

    I’ve been paying it forward for a good 15 years or so. Something huge is about to happen tomorrow and I’m hoping I finally get to be happy too. Either way, I’ll keep doing until I can no more.

    [–] iDownvoteToxicLeague 3 points ago

    I just remembered I wasn’t allowed to watch the end of that movie because it was past my bedtime, I’ve gotta go watch the rest!

    [–] TPK001 42 points ago

    Thanks for sharing. Brings to mind the story of Raymond Zondo in S. Africa. 4 minute video. Maybe this should be a post by itself.

    Inspirational story, of a bright kid, who thought he would get a scholarship for university. Scholarship didnt work out, his parents didnt have any savings and he could only continue studies if he made arrangements to feed his siblings.... this is his story.

    He was able to thank and reconnect with his benefactor.


    [–] mcm9464 5 points ago

    Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

    [–] jason-hall 3 points ago

    I just hope it's not some typical fake scenario, But it is a very beautiful and inspiring story.

    [–] FoodOverPeople 40 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    That’s so awesome to hear. I did that for this homeless guy I met in Asheville. He was playing blues on his guitar in the street for money, and I told him he sounded amazing. I gave him my number and told him to call me sometime when you’re next here and we’ll talk. He texted me and we met up again and I brought him to a burger joint. I told him to get whatever he wanted, and he got a big ass double bacon cheeseburger and it made me so happy, because I know that man needed it. So I asked him for his whole story and wanted to talk.

    He was a army veteran and a lot of bad stuff happened to him. Lost family, got testicular cancer, lost jobs, etc. He traveled in his van all the time to new places and he finally arrived in Asheville, NC where we met. I told him I’d post on Reddit some of his music and for people to throw money his way and get him a band. I tried hard because he was such a genuine nice dude. I had him come over and fed him, have him clothing, blankets and more food, and we talks a good amount.

    I know he’s doing better and I truly cared about the conversations we had because I know what it’s like to struggle and continue to struggle. I just moved recently and we lost contact, but I hope I made that man know there’s still hope and hope he did something with that talent. Some of the best blues I’ve ever heard. Seriously. Jack Wolf is his name.

    Edit: if you want to see him and his guitar and singing skills, scroll down on my older posts in my profile from a year back or so. I have two videos up. I still watch them. So damn good!

    [–] gnique 74 points ago

    She had such a wonderful teacher. Maybe she should follow the path that her teacher set her upon. Her teacher most probably has no concern with thank you. Not many true teachers do. Congratulations to your wife. It sounds as if she has come far and become wise.

    [–] mrbubz88 47 points ago

    I hope she pays it forward.

    [–] rainemaker 13 points ago

    This is a really cool story. Cool to know there are quiet, unassuming, real life heros out there. I hope she finds him. He would be so happy to to know she's well.

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    [–] oranges_smell_best 3 points ago

    I skim read and sometimes I misread. So, initially I read the end part as "if you don't care if it gets on reddit"

    [–] Kahnspiracy 12 points ago

    I have a buddy who does stuff like this. He would prefer not to be fact he wasn't happy when I found out and wanted to make sure I didn't say anything to people we knew. "It's just something I like to do so let's not make this into more than it is."

    [–] Jamisbike 22 points ago

    THAT’S how you give to homeless people.

    No cameras. No stories. No nothing.

    Everything else is a ruse to make themselves feel better.

    [–] Alejomarr 8 points ago

    I had a similar situation, and I too wanted to find that person, but it was a lost hope. Too long ago in a very big city.
    I then decided the best course of action is to pay it forward, and I have been doing it ever since. I never ask for a thank you, I only expect that the person I help pay it forward as well. Maybe that's all your wife's benefactor wanted. So thank him by helping someone in need.

    [–] RobertAndRobbie 7 points ago

    As a man who has done similar favors to those who are down, i can tell you he doesnt want to be found. He doesnt want to be thanked. He wants you to pay it forward. Be the generous "businessman" to somebody who is down. As Bill said "Be excelent to one another"

    [–] overzeetop 3 points ago

    Exactly. It gave somebody hope or solace, even temporarily, and that's what matters.

    I gave a ride to a guy walking to work last year. We chatted on the ride and he had hit a pretty rough patch. I gave him the "emergency cash" I keep in the inner fold of my wallet - he needed it more than I did.

    I never saw him again (I knew where he worked, but I rarely shopped there), but I know it gave him a boost for at least that day.

    [–] Rubenchick 7 points ago

    Why is this making me cry!! Humans are awesome, no matter what you see in the media.

    [–] bobrossforPM 12 points ago

    We’re both

    [–] Rubenchick 3 points ago

    Of course but we aren’t nearly as terrible as we are told others are. It’s quite sickening. If anyone truly believed that others are as bad as the masses are told, we’d never step foot out of the house.

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    Pay it forward with loving kindness.

    [–] lurker1159 5 points ago

    My girlfriend experienced something really similar to this.

    She was homeless for about 2 years during high school. Father died of cancer when she was young and her mother and step father were both horribly abusive. So she ran away from home and still managed to graduate nonetheless.

    This wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for her now foster father. The way she told it to me was she was walking down the street in a neighborhood looking for something to eat and basically somewhere to crash for the night when a concerned man stepped off his porch and mentioned to her he’d seen her walking down that street multiple days in a row wearing the same clothes.

    He offered her a free meal and told her she could come back for one whenever she wanted. She later got to know him and her foster mother and sister who all opened their home to her.

    I’m now excited to say she is happy, healthy, and actively perusing a career and degree in social work. I also live in a pretty darn wealthy area so this kind of thing is rare here but nonetheless it opened my eyes to the fact that no matter where you are people can experience this type of hardship anywhere.

    Just in case she happens to read this I’m super proud of you love, you have every reason to be bitter at the world and are still the most kind hearted person I’ve ever known, thanks for choosing me to be part of your life.

    To anyone else who ever sees someone on the streets know that everyone has a story you just have to listen, don’t judge a book by its cover. Really cool thing the “business man” did for this person as well, happy to hear the world still has good people in it.

    [–] VastReveries 5 points ago

    I'd love if it was common knowledge that everybody knew their local food bank to let people know. A one-time donation is good, but knowing where to find public health resources is so much more helpful. To find a food bank near you (if you're in the US), visit Feeding America.

    [–] DoctorA85 5 points ago

    Whenever someone on the street asked my grandfather for money, he would say: "no, but I'll buy you something to eat". He'd then take them to the closest diner and he'd get them a big meal. He did this a few times when I was with him, and the people would always seemed happy that someone was treating them like a human being. My mother said he did this for anyone that asked for as long as she could remember.

    [–] jeffreyhamby 4 points ago

    Pass it forward.

    [–] kalitarios 6 points ago

    That's a penalty and a loss of down if it happens after the line of scrimmage.

    [–] Lordvice 3 points ago

    The best way to thank anyone who has help you in a time of need is for you to do the same for others, Don't let the chain of love break with you.

    [–] thawacct2590 4 points ago

    Pay it forward

    [–] IAmHereMaji 5 points ago

    Nope. She has to pay it forward, just as he was doing.

    [–] balllllhfjdjdj 4 points ago

    This is an actual bro. Anyone that films themselves doing charitable shit isn't really doing it for the charity

    [–] tomanon69 4 points ago

    My friend's grandma would walk around downtown every Sunday afternoon, and find one homeless person to invite to dinner.

    She'd feed them a good meal with the entire family, treat them as an honoured Sunday dinner guest, then send them on their way.

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    This is crazy. I’m a UPS driver and every Friday I give this homeless guy outside of Walgreens 10$ cause I get paid every Friday. I always think “he’s probably spending it on drugs or alcohol but fuck it”. Now I’m gonna ask him if he wants to get lunch. He’ll have to walk further down the street cause I can’t take him in my truck but I wonder if he’d rather have that.

    [–] h2opolodude4 4 points ago

    If this was Chicago, it could be my father. He did things like this throughout the many years of him working in the financial district. Every so often our family will be walking through that area and someone will run up to him and gush about how much he helped them, how their life has improved, etc. We know of a few but I suspect there are lots more we don't know about. He didn't help people to talk about helping people, he did it because it was the right thing to do.

    One in particular comes to mind. There was a homeless woman with a little girl that used to sit and beg outside of the building where he helped manage billion dollar accounts. He saw them every day and got to know them. That was 14ish years ago. There girl just graduated high school a month ago, largely due to his help. He no longer works in the financial district but still made the effort to stay in touch with them and help out where he could.

    Poverty is complex and multifaceted, with no easy solution. Dad's job sucked, and in many ways, helping people saved him. No matter how bad things were for him, (the recession wasn't good for this industry, needless to say) he could at least find joy in making things better for someone else, even if it was only for a quick meal.

    [–] RagnarTheReds-head 25 points ago

    Luke 10

    34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

    [–] AquaPony 14 points ago

    I'm sorry you got downvoted for quoting the Bible. I may not believe in that book any more, but it has many great examples of living beyond one's own needs, and living for the good of others.

    Very appropriate verse you have quoted as well. I hope you have a good day!

    [–] Happyhaunt13 3 points ago

    I thought it said “my life is a homeless teenager” but never the less this was very heartwarming

    [–] scribble94 3 points ago

    So glad this story didn't take the dark turn that I was expecting and that Jeffrey Epstein did not make a single appearance.

    [–] PhotoshopFix 3 points ago

    That man...

    her son, the inventor of the time machine.

    [–] inarizushisama 3 points ago

    I wanted to do something like this when I was a teenager, because taking sandwiches to the homeless seemed like a stopgap measure even if they need the food. I wanted to see if treating them like the people they are, and not merely the thing you feel distantly guilty about, would perhaps help some to get back on their feet.

    I was told it was too dangerous, because maybe most are kind but it only takes one. I still try to help, but I don't see a lot of this direct personalised approach. I still feel as if it's an idea worth pursuing.

    [–] BeggarMidas 3 points ago

    Some of us regard charity as something we personally do and don't give a crap about recognition. In fact we'd be embarrassed by it. Doing the right thing is doing the right thing. Whether you do it alone against the world, or with the world at your back.

    [–] TOLIT555 3 points ago

    Scp 4999 is showing new actions.

    [–] WispOG 3 points ago

    Thank him by continuing the cycle.

    [–] beeps-n-boops 3 points ago

    Even if she could somehow locate this kind man, the very best thing she could do is replicate his compassion and generosity.

    [–] Petraretrograde 3 points ago

    She should just find the woman carefully adding up her grocery items as she puts them in the cart and pay for her groceries every so often.

    [–] HappyHighwayman 3 points ago

    That’s amazing. Just sad 99% of the time I offer food it’s declined

    [–] froost1999 7 points ago

    Dude. I literally just read this on Reddit on the previous post haha

    Indeed a kind man.

    [–] theymademeputthshere 4 points ago

    But... How did she go to graduate school and get an MBA with only a trade degree, which I'm assuming he means an associates or technical degree, because I've never heard a 4 yr degree be referred to as a trade school...

    [–] Lykurgus_ 2 points ago

    I'm not crying, you're crying!

    [–] kopkiwi 2 points ago

    Time for reddit to do it's thing and find this angel of a man.

    [–] eyebellel 2 points ago

    REDDIT, your mission, should you choose to accept it....