The owner of Inkslinger’s Tattoo Shop in Billerica, Massachusetts has quietly become an inspiration to his community.
Billy Pfaff’s shop is often filled with donations he has collected for the homeless — coats, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and gift cards. He personally delivers them to shelters or directly to people on the streets.
Why does he care?
In 2010 he was in their shoes –- living on the streets, and taking drugs — but now it is not unusual for him to invite homeless people and addicts to sleep on the floor of his shop or at his house until they are able to get back on their feet. During the holiday he provided meals and gifts for 14 families in three different shelters.
Now in his fourth year as a successful tattoo artist he shares his proceeds and spreads his motto, ‘Pay it Forward’, on the sleeves of Inkslinger sweatshirts that he gives away and sells. In 2013, he gave away more than $13,600 worth of cash and items to people in need.
His Facebook group has thousands of followers who donate to his mission of helping the homeless. His latest crusade is to raise awareness and legislative action to address the deadly problem of heroin in his state.
(READ the story from Wicked Local)
Photos from Billy’s Facebook page