He Lost Everything But His Son & His Faith—then This Stranger On The Street Approached Him – Video


A homeless single father has called online supporters “angels in the sky”, after being the beneficiary of over $30,000 following a video appearance. James Moss moved to New York from Denver with one year old son Zhi, but was forced to live on the streets when a job opportunity and accommodation fell through. Sleeping rough and looking for shelter,

Moss’ life was turned around following a chance run into with motivational speaker and philanthropist Leon Logothetis. Logothetis, a former stockbroker, has kic-ked off a worldwide movement called #GoBeKind, looking for random acts of kindness. Asking Moss for his story, he was moved by the young father’s positive outlook and a desire to look after his son. “Everything I do is for him”, Moss said in a video interview.

“The reason I made this move is for him. To be in a peaceful place, the mountains, I want him to experience things that I missed growing up.” Logothetis then thanked Moss for sharing his story before giving him $1,000 and paying for a seven-day hotel stay. Now, less than a week later,

Moss’s interview has been viewed over 600,000 times on Youtube and a GoFundMe page has received over $38,000 in charitable donations online.

The page, set up by Kayla Heskett of Kanas with the goal of raising enough money for Moss to buy a car to commute to his barbershop job, has seen over $38,000 (£25,000) raised. According to FOX31 reports,

Moss has how moved out of a homeless shelter with his son and plans to use the money to buy a car, and his new boss is allowing him to bring son Zhi into work until he can afford daycare. In a video posted on his GoFundMe, the young father has also detailed how he plans to eventually pay back some of his good fortune. ‘I never thought a small act of kindness like that would spark such a huge chain reaction’.

Logothetis is also planning to continue his #GoBeKind tour, looking to inspire random acts of kindness in other across America before he heads to Africa to take part in humanitarian work next June. “Sometimes you need that one person to say you’re doing a good job, keep going,” he said. “Share your pain, it’s OK to share your pain, it doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human.”

This is how people reacted to this post:

lennie I know people who spend, and can comfortably spend, $1,000 in a single day of clothes shopping. It is minuscule pocket money. And yet, look at the difference it can make in the right person’s life. Absolutely tragic.

Lolis Becoming homeless is a life changing experience. You either pick yourself up or give up. When you have children giving up is not an option.

I lost my job became homeless 6 months ago. I m slowly but surely getting up. It’s been a very humbling experience. It makes apprentice life more.

lizzyI watched/heard this story unfold – the strength of soul this man has – did you all notice that when Leon offered the money, the man hugged Leon and not the cheque. Pure kindness and goodwill

Anna LopezThis made me remember the movie of Will Smith entitled ‘Pursuit of Happiness’. James, you will always be blessed especially when you have the hope and that little angel of yours to back you up. I wish you all the happiness in life! God Bless you and your angel!

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