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Polish Teenagers Are Example Of How We Should All Act Towards Homeless People

One of the most basic human needs is shelter. Being able to lie down under a roof and sleep in safety is taken for granted by billions of people around the globe. Unfortunately, homelessness remains a horrifyingly common way of life for many people across the developed and undeveloped world.

Homelessness is hard enough on your willpower, sense of belonging and happiness, but it becomes even harder when you are living on the street during winter and summer months. In certain parts of the world, exposure to the elements is so dangerous that governments sponsor shelters to provide warmth and security.

America’s National Coalition for the Homeless reports that approximately 44 percent of America’s homeless population are subjected to life-threatening conditions every year. The report claims that 700 unsheltered homeless men and women die annually from hypothermia alone. Even today, homeless people have no other option but sleeping on the street when winter shelters fill up.

Luckily, charity organizations and independent donors are constantly working to help people get off the street and build new lives for themselves. But sometimes, it’s the small things that mean the most to people who are homeless.

Perhaps that’s why a short CCTV clip showing three teenagers helping a sleeping homeless man has gone viral. The CCTV footage was recorded in Nysa, Poland and shows three young boys, Szymon, Wojtek, and Marcin, giving a blanket, quilt and pillow to a sleeping homeless man in the city streets.

According to ‘Spotlight Stories’, the young men had talked with the homeless man earlier that day. At one stage, the homeless man asked the boys if they had any bedding with them. Although the boys had nothing with them at the time, they knew that there was no way they were leaving the man to fend for himself through the cold night.

After scouring nearby neighborhoods and op-shops, the boys finally found a quilt and pillow on a couch that had been left on a street corner. Although it was getting late, the three Polish boys hurried to bring the warm and clean bedding to the homeless man.

When they gave the sleeping man his new bedding, he was full of gratitude and repeatedly thanked the kind-hearted boys. “He thanked us and smiled before cuddling into the warm blanket and falling back to sleep,” said Szymon during an interview with TVN24.

When security officials reviewed CCTV cameras, they told their supervisors about what the three selfless boys had done. After publishing the video on a local website, the Mayor of Nysa, Kordian Kolbiarz, publicly recognized the teenagers, awarding each of them with a new smartwatch. Talking with them on TVN24, Mayor Kolbiarz said: “That’s a big gesture. I bow to you. The world needs such gestures.”

Despite the public recognition and international praise, the three boys are still humble, giving modest explanations for their actions that night. “If someone asks for help, we should give them a hand,” they all agreed.

Source: Spotlight Stories
Photo: YouTube

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