When a Los Angeles woman saw a homeless man collapse on a busy street in Hollywood one night last spring, she did what many others would do: She called for help. A lot of us would also probably have stayed with him, like she did, until emergency workers arrived.
But this Good Samaritan took it one step further when she realized his belongings would be left behind while they took him to the hospital.
Dana Lee Calabrese said, “I just couldn’t bear this person losing what I believed to be all he had in the world,” so she did something incredibly kind: She grabbed hold of his cart and rolled it home for safekeeping until he was able to reclaim it.
Attached to the cart was a cardboard sign with the following message:
“My name is Douglas Dean Hall. Disabled veteran trying to get to New York. I’m not asking for a handout just a hand up — anything would help. Thank you!”
Dana posted a message on Facebook that night asking for help finding the man, a disabled veteran who’d lost a leg during combat in Kuwait.
Just over a month later, something miraculous happened — someone wrote on her Facebook post that they’d found him! And a little over an hour after Dana learned his whereabouts, she posted this photo.
But as Dana talked to Dean, she knew she had to do more for him. She was left with the distinct impression that he’d led an incredibly difficult life but, she said he “somehow maintains this really positive vibe.”
Touched by his story and continued positive outlook, despite his obstacles, Dana launched a GoFundMe page to raise the needed funds to get him back to New York for a visit with his family. And people responded generously, raising more than four times the stated amount!
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