A formerly homeless man, who chooses to remain anonymous, has donated $10,000 to an Ontario homeless shelter where he used to live. Thunder Bay’s Shelter House was bestowed with the large financial gift and officials were reportedly “floored” by amount of the donation-as well as whom the donation had come from.
The man had lived in the Shelter House some time ago and though he is no longer homeless he is not wealthy, either. When he walked into the shelter to make his donation, he was accompanied by a social care worker. He also still makes use of some of the services provided by Thunder Bay in northern Ontario, and has for five years.
The purpose of the donation to Thunder Bay’s street outreach program was to help “keep his friends safe,” a gesture that staff at the shelter found incredibly moving.
“I mean, I’m very passionate about the work we do here at Shelter House, but it just takes it to a whole new level,” said staff member Alexandra Calderon, who recalls herself and other officials crying tears of gratitude at the unexpected gift.
The donor was a man who didn’t have a lot himself, who had received the money as the result of a settlement. Despite this fact, and undoubtedly knowing that he could have spent that money on a host of other things to better his own life, he chose to impart these funds onto the organization that had played a huge part in getting him back onto his feet.
More than that, he made a tremendous investment into the future of other homeless Ontario residents.
This is an example of how kindness begets kindness. Ever since the mystery man’s donation made the news, people from all over the country are sending in monetary donations to Thunder Bay’s Shelter House.
The initial $10,000 donation came after the man had heard that the center would be shutting down its SOS street outreach program, which picks up homeless people on the streets and brings them to the appropriate shelter, hospital or detox clinic. The program was $200,000 shy of being saved, and due to the momentum caused by this one man’s donation, they are now halfway to their goal.