A man from West Seneca, New York, decided to prove his need for help genuine by leaving a sign thanking people who had helped him over the past few months.
The man had become a regular fixture on one street corner where every day he had held a sign up saying he was ex-military, dr*ug-free, alcohol-free and looking for a job, according to local Jesse Dixon.
To those who helped him with food and cash he was known only as Kevin. Jesse, who often stopped to help Kevin, said he was polite and seemed as though he was just experiencing a bad patch in his life.
Dixon told: “He’s just a nice guy,”
“It seemed like he, you know, hit a patch of, you know, patch of bad luck, so we were just trying to help him through it.
“If I didn’t see him for two or three days at a time, it was unusual. Like I said, I usually … usually saw him at least a couple times a week.”
But this week instead of Kevin standing on his usual corner with his sign asking for help there was a handwritten sign that says: “Thank you everyone who has helped. I start working Monday.”
This sign meant a lot to people who had stopped to help Kevin and even got to know him over the past few months.
Dixon said: “I was really glad to hear that he’s found some work,”
Co-chair of the annual local Project Homeless Connect event,
Megan Bingham said Kevin’s gesture was heartwarming.
She said: “Here’s a man who is so grateful to have found a job that he left a sign for anyone who’s helped him over the last, you know, however many months,”.
“I mean, that gives me goosebumps.”.
Local news station 7 Eyewitness News posted the story on its Facebook page where many readers also expressed their happiness at employment news of Kevin. Here are some comments from internet users on the post:
“Our family has helped him out on many occasions. He was always so grateful for anything we gave him. Congratulations,” one person wrote on the post which has so far received 13,000 reactions.
“I have stopped on a few occasions and given him food and gift cards. He is such a remarkable kind man. So glad to hear this news.”
“So very happy!”.
“I’m so happy for him. I see it in his eyes he needed help and was thankful.”
“I just gave him some money last week,”.
The news station told that Kevin was offered a job with a landscaping company.
Source: WKBW-TV, 7 Eyewitness News, Newsner
POSITIVE NEWS to start your Sunday: A man who used to be a fixture at a West Seneca intersection left a sign behind this week, letting supporters know he found a job! Read more: https://t.co/wMn1ol93OB pic.twitter.com/sTf44KYH7L
— 7 Eyewitness News (@WKBW) April 25, 2021