A Story to Warm Your Heart

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 25th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/34f-38wz/
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What would you discover if you gave a homeless person some cash and then followed him around to see what he did with it?

Follow the money

Josh Paler Lin has a YouTube channel with over 711,000 subscribers which generally features pranks of one kind or another, but last week he decided to try a social experiment: give a homeless person 100 dollars, then follow him around surreptitiously to see how he spends it.

Many of us are reluctant to give any of our hard earned money to homeless people, often expecting that they will spend it on booze. Sure enough, when Lin gave a surprised homeless man named Thomas a crisp new 100 dollar bill, he headed straight for a liqour store. Emerging from the store with a bag, Thomas headed to a nearby park where homeless people congregate.

Once there, he began pulling sandwiches and other food items from the bag and began dispersing the food and then sharing it with his fellow homeless.

Lin said "My heart was crushed," but after watching what Thomas did with the cash, he approached him again and revealed he had been following the homeless man. Apologizing, he gave Thomas another hundred dollars.

Thomas recounted to Lin that he had quit his job to minister to his dying parents and lost the family home after they passed on. He had been homeless now for the past four months.

Lin then decided to set up a 'crowdfunding page' to raise money to help Thomas get back on his feet and off the streets. Thus far, donations have topped $50,000 as the video has gone viral with over ten million views.

Lin says "People think I changed his life. For me, it's completely the opposite. I feel that he changed my life."

Watch the video below. You'll be glad you did.

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Charity, Homeless, Homelessness, Josh Paler Lin, Steve Kinsman

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
25th Dec 2014 (#)

That really is a great story but suppose he had spent the money on booze, should we judge him harshly? If you give a person money you should not judge them for how they spend it. Still I am happy this was a happy story of giving.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Dec 2014 (#)

I totally agree.

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author avatar Retired
25th Dec 2014 (#)

Very good. I enjoyed reading your article. Sorry to bother you but I have been trying to submit to Wikinut since 2012 but am unable to because my email is not validated. I never received the link I need to do it. I have written so may emails asking for the link I can not remember how many. You are my last hope. Can you help me? The email is: norlaw1935@gmail.com I have 5 articles setting out there dong nothing. I would delete them but do not know how.
Merry Christmas
Thank you
norlaw

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Dec 2014 (#)

Norlaw, I'm checking out how I might be able to help you. I'll let you know.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
25th Dec 2014 (#)

Wonderful work of that men and the way it got back to him, in a good way, many people in America have a problem like him not of drugs or alcohol bu the bad economy and the bad government expenditures on other parts of the world. At least on billion if we spent on our homeless many results well be seen in a positive way, Happy Christmas Steve!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Dec 2014 (#)

Indeed. Thank you Fern.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
25th Dec 2014 (#)

I am not sure it is right to say that people surprise you - people do look after others that they value and if that is not family then it can frequently be work colleagues and this has a similar feel, feeding the homeless gets to the heart of the problem.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Dec 2014 (#)

Yes indeed. Merry Christmas Peter.

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author avatar Shamarie
26th Dec 2014 (#)

Great article, Steve! PIX 11 News in New York broadcast this story earlier this week. It was very touching and thoughtful what Thomas did with his money. He really did changed many people lives with his act of kindness. Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks for commenting Shamarie. Merry Christmas.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Dec 2014 (#)

When we help the poor it has a multiplier effect, whereas the rich tend to hoard. I am not being judgmental but I have moved with both categories to generalize. In Asia, the rich pass on almost all their wealth to their own children, but there is a silver lining now to open their hearts and wallets to the needy. Thanks Steve for this touching share - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva.

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author avatar M G Singh
26th Dec 2014 (#)

Great post Steve. Such posts make life so interesting

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Madan.

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author avatar Retired
27th Dec 2014 (#)

It's all-too-rare stories like this that help to restore one's otherwise battered faith in humanity. Thanks for sharing it Steve.

On a similar theme, a young man here in the UK has spent the past year doing a good deed a day and, deservedly, he has received a lot of supportive publicity in the media. However, I was dismayed to read he's now been targeted by low-life trolls.

Let us hope that those who carry-out charitable acts win through in the end, and encourage others to follow suit, while internet trolls are consigned to the waste bins and sewers of history, where they belong.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
27th Dec 2014 (#)

I could not agree more Lewis. Thank you.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
28th Dec 2014 (#)

What a wonderful story Steve..So much good came from that one act of kindness ...even if Lin did have an ulterior motive in his initial giving ....I am so happy that through it all many more than just one man was helped and will go on being helped .
I believe Divine intervention was at work here .
God bless you ...and Happy New year to you and yours
Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Dec 2014 (#)

Thank you Stella. God bless you and have a wonderful new year.

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author avatar Ptrikha
30th Dec 2014 (#)

Heart warming indeed!

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