Homelessness: the state of having no home. But homelessness takes on various forms.
The reality is that anyone could be homeless and you may not even realize it, whether they are students who cannot afford a home after paying tuition or middle-aged parents with jobs trying to make ends meet after supplying for their children.
For instance, David Casarez had recently graduated from Texas A&M University — a highly renowned institution. He moved from Texas to California with three years of experience in software development, hoping to launch his own start-up company.
However, living in his van and with only four months’ worth of cash, he soon ran out of money, lost his van to repossession and found himself sleeping in a park.
Instead of asking for money, however, he decided to stand on the street and hand out resumes, which eventually got him numerous job offers from around the globe.
Today I saw this young homeless man asking for people to take a resume rather than asking for money. If anyone in the Silicon Valley could help him out, that would be amazing. Please RT so we can help David out! pic.twitter.com/ewoE3PKFx7
— FullMakeup Alchemist (@jaysc0) July 27, 2018
Often times, however, homelessness looks like people standing on the side of the road with a sign and a paper cup for collecting donations. And those donations often just go to their next meals.
According to WTXL, Brian Breach from Florida decided to challenge people’s giving by posing as a homeless man outside of Target before the holidays.
Breach contacted a videographer and posted the video on his Facebook page, showing how he transformed himself into a homeless man asking for money to support his family during the holiday season.
“So, I woke up a couple days before Christmas, and there was this video online that really inspired me to give,” Breach said.
“So, I woke up, I called my videographer, we went over to Target, and I held the sign that said, ‘Can you please help me feed my family?’ I had a cup there, and anyone that gave me a dollar, five dollars, anything like that, got $100 in return.”
In the video, one woman offered Breach a meal, while some people brought their children with them to teach them a lesson about helping others.
After the various kind, generous souls approached him to help him out, he stopped each before they could leave, pulling $100 bills out of his pocket to give back in response to their generosity.
“Because you’re such a giver, I wanted to give you $100 to spend for your holidays,” Breach said.
He even gave some of these strangers a hug to thank them for their hearts.
“Always pay it forward!” Breach said in his Facebook post.
The holiday season is especially a popular time for people to show their generosity to others, but we should always remember that any time is a good time to give.
Next time, when you’re walking by homeless citizens in a city or simply on the sidewalk, don’t avoid eye contact — ask them how you can help! Doing so will shed a light in others’ lives that they may need more than you’ll ever know.
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