An anonymous homeless man is being hailed for donating $10,000 to a shelter in order to make sure that his friends are taken care of.
The donation, which came out of the man’s residential school settlement money, will be used to help fund the Shelter House’s Street Outreach Services (SOS) program in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
“I actually thought I had misread the cheque… I was floored. The support worker actually had tears in her eyes!” Calderon told CTV News.
When Calderon tried to refuse the check, he insisted, saying that he wanted to make sure his friends were safe.
“He has a personal relationship with a lot of his friends who live at the shelter or who live at our managed alcohol program so he wanted to make sure that there was someone that they could call when they needed help.”
Shelter House has been raising money to reboot their SOS program since it lost funding in March. The SOS team was composed of professional volunteers who visited homeless encampments and high-risk individuals in order to distribute food, water, blankets, and other essentials to those who may not have them otherwise. Individuals, businesses, and law enforcement officials could request the SOS team to provide homeless or intoxicated people with anything from transportation, to just a friendly face.
The shelter is now half-way to reaching their target fundraising goal of $200,000 – and a fair portion of that is definitely thanks to the generosity of a homeless man looking out for his friends.
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