PRESTON, England (PIX11) — After a homeless man turned out his pockets to help a college student get home safe, she has returned the favor by raising $43,000 to secure a home for him.
Dominique Harrison-Bentzen, a student at the University of Central Lancashire, found herself stranded after losing her bank card after a night out in Preston.
The 22-year-old crossed paths with Robbie, a homeless man, who offered her £3 (about $5) for a taxi to make she got home safe.
Harrison-Bentzen couldn’t bring herself to accept the gracious offer. Thankfully, she found another way home and decided to repay Robbie for his kindness.
She was able to track down Robbie again after finding out kind acts he’s done for others — including offering up his scarf in the cold, or returning wallets untouched.
She discovered Robbie had been homeless for 7 months, unable to get work because he doesn’t have an address.
Harrison-Bentzen decided to spend 24 hours on the street with friends to better understand the struggles of the homeless.
So far, her campaign has raised £28,000 (about $43,613) for a home for Robbie, and a little extra.
Robbie told Harrison-Bentzen he wanted excess funds to go to local soup kitchens and food banks:
“As Robbie agrees, there are many many inspiring individuals within the homeless community. We set out originally to change 1 mans life, now we can change dozens if not more, surely this is absolutely incredible?”