College student Casey Fischer was getting her morning coffee at Dunkin Donuts recently when she spotted a homeless man trying to buy food in a nearby coffee shop. The man was counting what little change he had, when she decided to buy him a coffee and a bagel.
She then asked if he would like to sit down and talk. The two ended up chatting for about an hour. “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…”
Before they said their goodbyes, the man asked her to wait while he scribbled down a note on the back of a receipt.
“I opened his note and this was it,” writes Casey. “‘I wanted to kill myself today, because of u I now do not. Thank u, beautiful person.’”
Casey decided to her story on social media: “Chris was one of the most honest and sincere people I’ve ever met.”
It seems that that Casey and Chris’ chance encounter changed both their lives and it just goes to show how much a small gesture can have a huge impact on someone’s life.