Although our everyday lives can be quite stressful, sometimes we get so caught up that we forget to be fortunate for our circumstances. Many times, we forget that there are others out there who don’t have it as easy. By acknowledging others situations and helping out where we can, it makes us even more appreciative for our lives. When one woman decided to talk to a stranger in a cafe, she had no idea how much of an impact it would have on both of their lives.
20. Busy Life
Let’s face it, we live in a busy and fast-paced world. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our daily struggles that we forget to look at the big picture. In fact, if many of us are willing to be honest, we can admit that this happens more often that we’d like.
19. Less Fortunate
Often times, we can get so wrapped up in our own problems that we forget about others. Sometimes, however, a reality check is necessary to bring us back to earth. That’s the exact situation that one young woman found herself in and it changed her life in an extraordinary way…
18. Dunkin’ Donuts
One day, a young woman by the name of Casey Fischer was making her way to a local Dunkin’ Donuts. As she was walking she noticed that there was a homeless man sitting on the side of the road, trying to collect some spare change. At first, she didn’t pay too much attention to him.
17. Going In
Casey made her way into the Dunkin’ Donuts and took a seat. As she was looking at the door, she noticed that the homeless man from the side of the road had just walked in. That’s when Casey made a sad realization.
16. Scraping By
It occurred to Casey at this man was probably scraping by on money. After all, how much money could he actually be making out on the streets? Soon the homeless walked over to the counter with only one dollar and that’s when Casey knew she had to help him out.
Casey walked over to the homeless man and offered to buy him a coffee and a bagel. At first, the homeless didn’t want to accept her offer. However, she insisted that she wanted to help him out.
14. Inviting Him Over
After buying him a bagel and a cup of coffee, Casey then invited the homeless man over to her table. The homeless man was happy to have some company and accepted her offer. That’s when the two of them started up a conversation that would reveal the homeless man’s shocking story.
Casey soon learned that the homeless man’s name was Chris. Chris began to tell Casey that he was shocked by her kindness and when you find out why your heart will break… It seems that since becoming homeless, Chris had been written off by society.
12. Constant Humiliation
Chris revealed to Casey that being homeless forced him to suffer under constant humiliation and hatred from the general public. This treatment left him feeling incredibly depressed and broken. He also revealed that his past involvement with drugs left him homeless and penniless.
11. Big Dreams
Still, Chris had big dreams of becoming the son that his mother always believed that he could be. Although his mother passed away from cancer a long time, that didn’t stop him from dreaming of making her proud. All of this broke Casey’s heart.
10. Hour Conversation
The two of them continued to talk for an hour. Chris had so much that was on his chest that was finally coming out and Casey was more than happy to provide him with an ear to listen. Suddenly she realized that she had to leave in order to be on time for her class!
As Casey was getting up to leave the Dunkin’ Donuts, Chris asked her to wait just one more minute. Casey watched as Chris scribbled a note onto a crumpled up receipt. He then pushed the note into her hand and apologized for his messy handwriting.
8. Parting Ways
The two of them then said their goodbyes and parted ways. As Casey walked away, she opened up the crumpled up note and read the message that Chris had written on it. Her eyes filled with tears as she read the message…
7. The Message
As Casey opened up the note she saw the following message written out: “I wanted to kill myself today. Because of you now I do not. Thank u, beautiful person.” It seems that Casey’s small token of kindness went a very long way with Chris. She then decided to share the story with her Facebook friends.
6. Facebook Post
Casey was so moved by the events of the day that she decided to share her story on Facebook. “Today I went to Dunkin and saw a clearly homeless guy singing on the side of the road and picking up change. Eventually I saw him stroll into Dunkin,” she wrote.
5. The Story
“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 hours worth of conversation.)“
4. Honest & Sincere
“This lovely mans name was Chris and Chris was one of the most honest & 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.”
3. Going Viral
Casey’s story seemed to touch the heart’s of everyone who came across it. Soon enough, everyone was sharing the story on Facebook with their friends. The post went viral and got hundreds of thousands of shares.
2. Lots of Shares
The post received over 100,000 shares, over 280,000 likes and was commented on by hundreds of people. Everyone was so happy to hear about the young woman’s act of kindness. It helped restore their faith in humanity once more.
1. Big Impact
Casey had no idea that what she did would greatly impact one person’s life. Thanks to her kindness, she was able to save one man’s life and put a little happiness in his day.