Sometimes, no matter how desperate things can seem, a small act of kindness can make all the difference. Take this story, originally published by Love What Matters, for example.
Image credits: jeanah.nomelli
Jeanah Nomelli, who was a police officer at the time, came across Will Levens scrabbling through a dumpster looking for recyclables. Will was at rock bottom, hopelessly addicted to drugs after the tragic death of his wife, homeless, jobless and destitute.
Jeanah could quite easily have ignored Will, seeing him as yet another lost soul who had fallen through the cracks of society. But she saw through his shabby, unkempt exterior and found that he had a heart of gold, and he deserved a second chance at life.
The heartwarming little tale of redemption touched thousands of people, having been shared more than 23K times and starting conversations about kindness, empathy and the humane treatment of people that may be struggling with addiction issues.
Image credits: Will Levens
What do you think? Do we show enough empathy and understanding toward homeless people? Do you know anybody struggling with addiction issues? Does the current system of criminalizing addiction and homelessness really work? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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