Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Three Homeless Men


--by mike adams, posted Mar 24, 2008

A friend of mine in Chicago sent me an e-mail with her description of an uplifting event that she witnessed...

"And talking about beautiful...yesterday I was witness to such a heartwarming random act of kindness. It will forever be imprinted in my mind. I had to run downtown to help Bonnie out for a few hours (it was not part of my original plans for Monday). On my bus ride back to the train station, we were in gridlock traffic right by the opera house. As I stare out my window a handsome young man (25ish to 30ish) walks out of the side door of the Opera House. It's cold and windy outside. He has on a heavy army-issued jacket and a scarf wrapped around his neck.

As he's walking towards the bridge there are three homeless men with their cups, each sitting maybe 15 feet from one other. The young man goes to the first beggar, digs into his pocket and pulls out some money - he says a few words to the first homeless man and puts the money in his cup. The young man starts walking and now sees the second homeless beggar. He pauses for a minute, digs into his pocket, says a few words and then gives this second man a candy bar. After it is accepted and acknowledged the young man moves on.

Now he sees the third homeless man. The third man is shivering and cold. The young man now stops by him, pauses for a brief second and removes his scarf and wraps it around the beggar's neck in a very loving way and with a huge smile says a few words and moves on.

Well I must say I don't know who was smiling more, me who witnessed this beautiful moment, the young man who gave so willingly from his heart, or the toothless beggar who was grinning ear to ear and for a brief moment was feeling that someone genuinely cared and that he mattered. And just like any old crazy lady, my eyes filled with tears and I sent all those men a prayer filled with love and blessings."

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Readers Comments

Pigcat wrote: Sad to see the coin comment , it's not just homeless people it's all people that can be mean-spirited unappreciative.
WillowRose wrote: This is loving kindness. But you need to be careful when it comes to some "homeless people". The other day my mom and i were at walmart. We got into our truck (my brother's truck that we were borrowing for the day) and started backing out of a handicap parking space (my mom's. She was driving). As we were doing that a man approached us and said "ladies, could you spare some change so i can get something to eat? " so i reached into the ashtray were i figured there would be some change. I pulled out a quarter, a nickle and some pennies and handed it to him. He looked at it and then goes "what do you expect me to get with this? You're driving this big truck and you can't give me more than this? " so i told him if he didn't want it to give it back. He threw it at my face, which hit my face. It's not nice to have coins hit your face. A couple coins also hit the truck. He then proceeded to call me back names. Be careful because not all homeless people are actually homeless or are harmless.
livingadelicious wrote: Thank you!
Patricia18 wrote: That is a powerful story. Something as common as a scarf was transformed into an act of love. I am going to go through my closet and look for scarves that are "extras" and make sure that they find a home. I only need one winter scarf.
Charith wrote: I'm lucky to hear it. Thanks
Rosh1227 wrote: Awesome story. Amazing to see these things happen in my own city =)
Jason Lin wrote: What a beautiful world. It's a awesome story that encourage me to help others.
alippiatt wrote: That is great! I love that story. It relieves me of anger and hatred of those who don't help out! Sometimes they even laugh or make fun of the homeless people! That young man is the best!
Di wrote: Thank you so much for this beautiful incredible story. Xx
cinnamonhead wrote: Angels in disguise, he will certainly be blessed! Thanks for sharing.

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