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What college student Casey Fischer thought was an ordinary coffee run turned out to be a life-altering moment and a big learning experience.
At Dunkin' Donuts, Fischer saw a man who was clearly homeless counting his change to see if he would be able to buy something. Heartbroken, she tried striking up a conversation with him even though he didn't seem to want to talk. Finally, the man, whose name is Chris, agreed for her to buy him coffee and a bagel and they sat down to talk.
In a Facebook post that has gone viral, Fischer wrote, "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."
After a long conversation, Fischer realized she had to get back to class. But before she left, Chris scribbled down a note for her.
The note read, "I wanted to kill myself today, because of u I now do not. Thank u, beautiful person."
It's a stunning example of the powerful impact we have on others, even with a gesture that seems small. It can make a huge difference, and it's worthwhile to never forget that.
Read the moving story in its entirety below.
"Today I went to Dunkin' Donuts and saw a clearly homeless guy sitting on the side of the road and picking up change....Posted by Love What Matters on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
"Today I went to Dunkin' Donuts and saw a clearly homeless guy sitting on the side of the road and picking up change....
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