On any given night, there are roughly 565,000 homeless people living on the streets in America. Casey Fischer met one of those people in a Dunkin Donuts one fateful morning.
What transpired between Casey and the man, whose name was Chris, touched her soul deeply and is affecting people all over the Internet….
While pulling into the donut shop, Casey saw a man scrounging for change next to the building. She didn’t pay much attention to the situation until that same man stood next to Casey in line. It’s what transpired next that shook the young mother to her core….
As soon as she got home, Casey shared the rest of what happened inside that Dunkin Donuts on her Facebook page:
“Today I went to Dunkin [Donuts] and saw a clearly homeless guy singing on the side of the road, picking up change.
Eventually I saw him stroll into Dunkin, [and] as he was counting his change to buy something I began to get super annoying and talk to him over and over again (even when he didn’t really want to talk).
Since he had maybe $1 in change I bought him a coffee and bagel and asked him to sit down with me.”
“He told me a lot about how people are usually very mean to him because he’s homeless, how drugs turned him into the person he hated, he lost his mom to cancer, he never knew his dad and he just wants to be someone his mom would be proud of (along with another hour’s worth of conversation).
This lovely man’s name was Chris, and Chris was one of the most honest and sincere people I’ve ever met. After realizing I really need to get back to class, Chris asked me to wait so he can write something down for me. Handing me a crumpled up receipt he apologizes for having shaky hand writing, smiled, and left.
I opened his note and this was it: ‘I wanted to kill myself today because of you I now do not. Thank you, beautiful person.'”
Her small action was enough to give Chris hope and save his life. Casey is proof that it doesn’t take much to have an extremely positive influence in someone’s day – sometimes it’s just a cup of coffee, bagel and nice conversation!
Thanks to Casey, Chris’ life was spared. He is one of the thousands who struggle with homelessness, but her kind spirit made it clear that there is happiness left in the world – especially for those who need it most!