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Acts of kindness humble us all

In a world with such heavy priority on money, belongings and status, it is heartwarming and humbling to read a story of…

…true acts of human kindness and mutual respect. On one side of this story is a homeless man on the cold streets in December, on the other is a 22-year-old woman who lost her bank card.  Dominique Harrison-Bentzen was on a night out in Preston when she mislaid her bank card, leaving her with no money for a taxi home. Homeless man Robbie came to her rescue – offering her his only money – £3 – in order to make sure she could get home safely.

Student Dominique was so touched by this gesture, she decided to return the kindness by setting up a Facebook page and spending a night on the streets to raise money for Robbie and other homeless people.

The campaign touched many more people than she was expecting and has raised more than £20,000 so far.

Dominique told BBC Radio Lancashire: “I was never planning for this much money so I’m taking advice what to do. But the priority is using £1,500 of it to help Robbie.”

The Facebook page already has 9, 088 likes and pushes the message: “Together our small act of kindness can change someone’s life this Xmas.”

It really is great to see so many people supporting this campaign – not just to help homeless people, but also to remind everyone that just because someone is living on the streets, it doesn’t mean we have to rush past them without giving them the time of day.


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