Sometimes we receive help from people we didn’t expect to help us. A homeless person was photographed changing the flat tire of a single mother, and it went viral.
Anna Davidson posted the photograph of the homeless man giving help on Facebook. His husband took the photo, and that image received over 2,000 positive reactions. Anna owns Jessie Jean’s on Historic 25th Street cafe in Ogden, Utah.
Anna wrote on social media, “Looked out the window to see this happening. This is Chuck, and he’s homeless and works hard, helping every day in the cafe. He’s one of those people’ that gets labeled. You know the ones everyone wants out of sight, out of mind. I didn’t see anyone else out helping this young lady, just Chuck, the homeless guy. Thank you, Chuck.” Anna accompanied the post with hashtags #kindnessmatters and #findthekind.
Chuck’s real name is Charles Logan, and he served time before. Now, he’s 56 years old, and he’s visiting the restaurant daily with Crystal, his wife. Chuck is a restaurant regular since April, and it started when the couple read about the establishment’s Pay It Forward promo, a program Anna started when the government shut-down last December.
Anna has spoken to Yahoo Lifestyle, where she said, “We have about 5,000 government workers living in Ogden, so when they couldn’t work, it was traumatic. We figured, If we’re going to lose our business, we may as well help people on our way out.” Anna and her husband advertised a $2 coffee and beignets promo, and it attracted homeless people. The couple also accepts donations for anyone who wants to help the underprivileged.
Anna said not everyone is supporting the homeless community, but the program continued daily, and it made people more open at helping those who are in need. Customers can avail of the “Pay it Forward” meal, and it will be served the next day. Anna said, “I felt like the universe was telling me to do this.”
In return for the help that Chuck is providing for the restaurant, such as washing dishes, sanitizing, and sweeping, he’s receiving meals. Anna said about Chuck, “He’s a safety net around here.” Anna wants Chuck to have a full-time job and housing, and she hopes that there won’t be stigmatization for homeless people anymore.
Shuree Michelle, the woman Chuck helped said she blew her tire, and nobody came to help her. She said to Yahoo Lifestyle, “Outcomes this guy, and he asked if I had a spare tire and a jack. He didn’t hesitate to help, and it’s sweet.” Shuree gave Chuck $10 for his help.
Yahoo Lifestyle interviewed Chuck, too, and he said, “Treat people as they would like to be treated, with respect.”
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