How One Woman’s Kindness Saved A Homeless Man’s Life

by : Tom Percival on : 15 Jan 2016 14:13

A kind-hearted woman’s good deed convinced a homeless man that life was worth living.


The Huffington Post reports Casey Fischer was heading to Dunkin’ Donuts when she noticed a homeless man sat on the side of the road, picking up change. When he came into the store she kindly bought him some food and began to listen to his life story.

The poor man, who was named Chris, opened up about how people were usually very mean to him and that he’d slid into homelessness through drug use and just wanted to be ‘someone to make his mum proud’.


The pair spoke for around an hour but when Casey realised she had to head back to class Chris asked could he write something down for her.


He then handed her a crumpled receipt, apologised for his handwriting and left.

When she opened the note it read:

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….

Posted by Love What Matters on Tuesday, 12 January 2016

A photo of the touching note was shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page and has since got over 1,500,000 likes.

The pictures also inspired hundreds of people to open up about their experiences of kindness as well and explain how they’ve struggled on during tough times.

Gary Edelmann Jr wrote:


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.

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Jo Goldstein added:

I left a abusive situation and for almost 3 years I was homeless and with out my two kids, I got a job, my own place and got my kids back. I am now a single mom of 4 and I may be struggling but I am doing ok and I keep going forward.

It’s nice to see that although things can look a bit bleak at times random acts of kindness can still make a difference.

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Life


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    How One Woman's Decision To Stop And Listen Stopped This Homeless Man From Taking His Life