A 37-year-old homeless man from southeast England in the UK is looking at a fresh start in life, all thanks to the compassion of a 16-year-old girl.
Charlotte Howard, 16, said she was at a bus stop when she saw a note that “broke her heart” written by Anthony Johnson, a man who had been living on the streets for nine years.
Johnson was desperately looking for work and needed someone to give him a chance.
“I will do a trial for free to show how I work. I don’t take drugs or drink,” the note read.
“I will also do dog walking/minding, window cleaning, shopping, gardening, car valeting/washing, housework, cooking — anything to earn a living and make life seem worth living.”
Charlotte was moved by the note, and wanted to see if she could find a way to help. She posted a photo of his note on social media, hoping someone would be able to offer the man some form of employment.
Charlotte also started a GoFundMe campaign on behalf of Johnson in an attempt to purchase a small camper for Johnson to live in instead of a tent.
“Everyone deserves a home,” Charlotte told BBC Sussex.
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Charlotte’s plea worked, and soon, landscape gardener Nelson Smith offered Johnson a job. The pair is reportedly working together to start a handyman business, BBC reported.
In an interview with the Hastings Observer, Johnson explained that he used to live a life of crime, and had spent time in and out of jail.
“It’s not like I haven’t previously been asking for help but all it takes is an open-minded person like Charlotte to come along and help,” Johnson said.
“She saw me and recognized my position and decided she wanted to do something to help. I wouldn’t have got anywhere looking for a job if it wasn’t for her.”
He expressed his gratitude to the donors who have contributed to Charlotte’s campaign, explaining that he is eager to change his life around.
“Thank you for helping change what I have going on,” Johnson said. “Thank you for understanding my situation. I couldn’t have got out without the help of people like them.”
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