A positive attitude during a chance meeting has raised nearly $40,000 for a homeless man and his two-year-old son.
James Moss and his son, Zhi, left New York for a job and new residence in Colorado.
Both of those opportunities fell through as the little family arrived. They had no food, shelter, or car — and his bus tickets back to New York had been stolen.
Wandering down a street in Denver, Mr. Moss just happened to run into a UK television host shooting a show about random acts of kindness called #GoBeKind.
Host Leon Logothetis captured a moving and inspiring interview with the young father, who could have been bitter or depressed, but was neither.
“I guarantee in a month’s time, I’ll make anything that I need to happen, happen,” James said. “You have to be brought down to your humblest point, so you can appreciate other things that are waiting for you.”
Logothetis was so touched by Moss’ attitude, he paid for a week’s stay in a hotel for the father and son and gave them $1,000.
But, indeed, there were “other things waiting” for the optimist.
A stranger in Kansas who saw the interview on YouTube started a GoFundMe campaign for the New York pair, and in only a week, it has raised $39,000 for the family.
The money should help Moss and Zhi move out of a homeless shelter and even buy a car to get to his new job. That’s right—after the video aired, Moss landed a new job as a barber in Denver. It’s only been a week, but his guarantee of a “month’s time” is coming true, thanks in large part to a chance meeting on a Colorado street.
(WATCH the GoBeKind video above – and the Latest UPDATE from KMGH-TV, below)