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IN People ON 17 Jan, 2016
Poverty is one of the most rampant diseases from which several societies all over the world suffer. And although one can imagine the kind of hardships a man living on the streets can be faced with, most people decide not to pay any attention to them. It is important for everyone to realize that these people too have hearts and feelings. They are human beings, after all. So treating them as human beings every once in a while will do no one any harm. In fact, it will do the exact opposite of harm, as this story proves!
Casey Fischer is always kept busy either by a school or by her young little daughter at home. But when she saw a homeless man outside a Dunkin' Donuts store, she decided to bunk her packed schedule and do something for him.
She saw the man picking up coins from the street outside.
She saw the man fumble with the coins, presumably to buy something from the store. And so, she bought him a bagel and a coffee. She even sat down with him and they talked - for hours together.
The man said his name was Chris, and told her about how people are usually mean to him for being homeless. He also said that cancer had taken his mother away from him, how drugs had turned him into a person he hated, and that he never knew his father. He also expressed how he wanted to do better. They were so engrossed in the conversation and talked for so long that Casey did not even realize that she had to get back to class. But before she could leave, Chris asked if he could write a note down for her to read later.
The note said, "I wanted to kill myself today, because of u I now do not. Thank u, beautiful person." This is the power of love, compassion, and kindness.
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