She needed to get home safely, he offered her his last £3. She was a British student and he was homeless.
This selfless gesture really stirred her heart and to repay him she raised over £28,000.
Dominique Harrison-Bentzen, a student at the University of Central Lancashire, had lost her bank card and she needed to get home. A homeless man named Robbie offered her money to help. The 22-year old student says she declined his offer, but was so moved by his gesture that she started a donation campaign for him to get a place to live.
“I was touched by such a kind gesture from a man who faces ignorance every day, so I set on a mission to find this man,” Dominique told The Guardian. She posted a call out on Facebook when she got home to find him.
“The more I spoke about him the more kind gestures I learned about him, such as him returning wallets untouched to pedestrians and offering his scarf to keep people warm.”
But, it doesn’t stop there.
She set up a fundraiser online which quickly went viral. On Wednesday morning, when it ended, her goal of £1,500 to get Robbie living at a permanent address (which will help him secure a job) had ended up being over £20,000.
BUT, due to overwhelming public pressure Dominique extended it for another 24 hours. At this minute, almost £29,000 has been donated by caring individuals.
Dominique told the Guardian: “With Robbie’s blessing, we want to help as many people as we can. Robbie has already suggested some local charities within Preston who have helped not only him but others throughout their hardship.”
It goes to show you that kindness is not something that comes from having an abundance, rather it comes from having a full heart. This man’s selfless gesture benefited him in the end, but it wasn’t for his benefit that he offered his money.
He did it out of the kindness of his heart.