Have you ever been panhandled on the street and wondered to yourself, instead of asking for money, why doesn’t this person get a job like I do? Well, Minneapolis resident Cesia Abigail not only asked herself that question, but asked it of the homeless man who was begging for her money.
What this man said in response to her question changed both of their lives forever and became a national news story. Read on to hear the story for yourself.
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When a homeless man wandered into Abi’s Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he approached the owner, Cesia Abigail, and asked her for money.
“Why don’t you have a job?” Cesia replied. “You know nothing is given to me for free, right?”
Marcus, the homeless man in question, replied to Cesia’s question. He explained that he would love nothing more than a job, but his history of felonies made it impossible to convince employers to hire him. To survive, Marcus was forced to steal and panhandle.
Instead of turning Marcus away, Cesia decided to change Marcus’s story and give him a job.
“I was short staffed that day,” Cesia wrote on Facebook. “So I asked him, ‘You want to work? I have a job for you!”
Marcus’s response was, “I’ll do anything for some food.” So Cesia put him to work, helping take trash, washing dishes, etc.
“Once I paid him, guess what he does? He buys food from my restaurant (HE DECIDES TO PAY) because it makes him feel good!”
“Do something nice for someone today and don’t judge them just because they out there asking for money for we don’t know their situation… some deserve another shot,” Cesia writes on Facebook. “God gave me this blessing so why can’t I bless others?”
If you liked this story of someone giving back to the less fortunate, you’ll love the story of Deputy Matt Holman, as told by Barbara Diamond on RedCapeBlueTights’s YouTube page.
“One fateful day, Deputy Matt Holman of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office shined his spotlight on a homeless man walking down the road. The man was Robert Morris, and Officer Holman soon learned he’d been dealt a rough hand. Together, the two walked to the nearby church and struck up a conversation. Robert said his tent in the woods washed away in the flood. He lost his family and got addicted to drugs and alcohol, which ruined his relationships with his existing brother and sister.
“Inspired by this man’s story, the officer began rummaging through his trunk to find the extra Bible he kept in his car. He couldn’t find it, so instead he did something incredible. Officer Holman gave Robert his very own personal Bible which contained his scribbled notes and highlighted scriptures from over the years. As attached to this Bible as he was, Officer Holman knew that giving it to Robert was the right thing to do. Officer Holman then realized that Robert was hungry. He offered to get Robert some food, then refused to accept the few crumpled up dollars that Robert offered him. “Go sit on the steps and I’ll be right back,” the officer said. He returned with a plate of hot food, which Robert gladly accepted.
“Six months later, Officer Holman received a voicemail. It was from Robert, and what he said left him speechless. In the video below, you’ll hear Robert’s actual 911 recording, in which he details the heartwarming story. On March 18, 2015, Robert passed away unexpectedly — but because of one kindhearted officer, he had become a changed man.”
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