9 heartwarming stories of people helping the homeless that went viral

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Over half a million people were experiencing homelessness in the US in 2017, according to a report from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. That’s 12% more people than the previous year.

There are organizations such as shelters and soup kitchens to help homeless individuals get back on their feet, but sometimes a human connection sparks a viral moment that can change someone’s life.

Here are nine heartwarming stories of people who helped someone in need — and the chain reactions that their acts of kindness created.

A Florida police officer helped a homeless man shave for a job interview.

Tony Carlson, a police officer with the Tallahassee Police Department, pulled into a gas station and noticed a homeless man struggling with an electric razor, trying to shave for a job interview at McDonald’s. Carlson tightened a screw on the razor and helped the man, named Phil, shave his beard.

A patron at the gas station noticed their interaction and posted a video online, which was then shared by the police department’s official Facebook page. Senator Marco Rubio’s office then helped Phil acquire the necessary paperwork to complete his job application and get hired at McDonald’s, according to CBS News.


Lauren Puryear uses her extreme couponing skills to feed thousands of people.

Lauren Puryear, a mental health clinician, set a goal of providing 30,000 meals to people in need by her 30th birthday. She founded an organization called For the Love of Others and uses her extreme couponing skills for charity.

„There are coupons in the Sunday paper, or online that you can print… so I collect as many as I can, match them to the store, and that is how I am able to get the items for free,“ she told NJ.com.

A woman donated all the food from her canceled $30,000 wedding to the homeless.

Sarah Cummins of Carmel, Indiana, called off her wedding and couldn’t refund what she’d spent to feed and entertain 170 guests. So she invited the residents of a local homeless shelter to partake in the bourbon-glazed meatballs, goat cheese and garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes, and wedding cake while wearing formal attire donated by local businesses and residents.

I will at least have some kind of happy memory to pull from,“ she told The Indy Star.

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Source: Business insider

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