A homeless single father has called online supporters “angels in the sky”, after being the beneficiary of over $30,000 following a video appearance.
James Moss moved to New York from Denver with one year old son Zhi, but was forced to live on the streets when a job opportunity and accommodation fell through. Sleeping rough and looking for shelter, Moss’ life was turned around following a chance encounter with motivational speaker and philanthropist Leon Logothetis. Logothetis, a former stockbroker, has kicked off a worldwide movement called #GoBeKind, looking for random acts of kindness.
Asking Moss for his story, he was moved by the young father’s positive outlook and a desire to look after his son. “Everything I do is for him”, Moss said in a video interview. "The reason I made this move is for him. To be in a peaceful place, the mountains, I want him to experience things that I missed growing up."
Logothetis then thanked Moss for sharing his story before giving him $1,000 and paying for a seven-day hotel stay. Now, less than a week later, Moss’s interview has been viewed over 600,000 times on Youtube and a GoFundMe page has received over $38,000 in charitable donations online.
The page, set up by Kayla Heskett of Kanas with the goal of raising enough money for Moss to buy a car to commute to his barbershop job, has seen over $38,000 (£25,000) raised.
According to FOX31 reports, Moss has how moved out of a homeless shelter with his son and plans to use the money to buy a car, and his new boss is allowing him to bring son Zhi into work until he can afford daycare. In a video posted on his GoFundMe, the young father has also detailed how he plans to eventually pay back some of his good fortune. 'I never thought a small act of kindness like that would spark such a huge chain reaction'.
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