Kind Homeless Man Helps Out Couple Stranded in the Cold
British couple Charlotte Ellis and Taylor Waldon were stranded on a terribly cold night when a homeless man’s act of kindness changed everything — for both parties.
After the story went viral, a new friendship was formed and the homeless man’s life was turned around.
On January 4, Ellis and Waldon were heading home to Essex after a night out when they missed their train. The next train wasn’t for another four hours and the temperature outside was unbearable.
“You can burrow [sic] my coat and duvet if you want? It’s a long wait and it’s freezing tonight,” Ellis heard behind her – it was a homeless man, who goes by Joey.
She accepted his offer and then after they talked — sharing stories of their lives — she asked her new friend if he’d like to come home with them. Although he was reluctant at first, he agreed.
“I’m not saying that you should trust everyone you meet on a street corner, but who exactly should you trust?” wrote Ellis on Facebook, noting that Joey took the undercoat off his back as well to give to Waldon as a token of appreciation.
“Just because someone is ‘homeless’ it doesn’t make them any less of a person than me or you and it doesn’t mean that all ‘homeless’ people are drug or alcohol abusers, not all homeless people should be instantly tarnished as bad people,” wrote Ellis. “They are just like me and you.”
At Ellis’ home, Joey was given a meal, haircut, clothes, phone and a place to stay. He had also a good time hanging out with the couple, Ellis’ mom and their friends playing PlayStation, watching movies and feeding horses.
And, apparently he scored a job five days after and is no longer living on the streets.
“All he needed was someone to have faith in him and to help be that stepping stone to make a difference to someone’s life.”
Ellis told Your Daily Dish they are overwhelmed yet “unbelievably grateful” for the immense support and “beautiful messages” they have received.
“We promise that we will make that change to help people all over the country in the same position as Joey,” said Ellis.