Charlotte Ellis was enjoying a night out with her boyfriend, Taylor, when they made a huge mistake. They had been drinking and waited too long to try and make the last train home. The weather was below freezing, and the train station wouldn’t open again for four more hours. Just when they were starting to get really worried (and cold!) a voice speaks to them from behind, shocking them.
You can burrow my coat and duvet if you want? It’s a long wait and it’s freezing tonight.”
Charlotte immediately accepted the homeless man’s offer, to the confusion of Taylor, but it was her split-second decision that brought Joey into their lives.
After Taylor and I sat with Joey waiting for our train, there was just something about him that was so sincere I couldn’t leave him out there on his own. No one deserves to be out in these conditions. I’m not saying that you should trust everyone you meet on a street corner, but who exactly should you trust? Because Joey was ‘homeless’ people were quick to judge and even though I do understand why people panic, but why should it be that way? Why have we let it get this way? It doesn’t need to be this way. We are all the same, the same beginning the same end. Just some people carry more paper than the next in between. Just because someone is ‘homeless’ it doesn’t make them any less of a person than me or you and it doesn’t mean that all ‘homeless’ people are drug or alcohol abusers, not all homeless people should be instantly tarnished as bad people. They are just like me and you.”
Those four hours passed soon enough, and the couple didn’t want to leave Joey behind. At first, he refused their offer, but eventually they convinced him to go to their home for a shower, a shave, and a good meal. He finally agrees, and they could tell that he was nervous when they arrive at a cabin in the woods out in the middle of nowhere!
We drank some more, we talked for hours, we exchanged life stories and instantly became the best of friends. It’s something I can’t even explain, it was just meant to be. I don’t expect everyone to get it. Before the night is over, before Joey had his first night in a bed- Joey offers the coat on his back as a token gift to my boyfriend as a thank you, as a token of his appreciation. In my eyes this gift had such a powerful meaning behind it more than any ever gift you could ever receive.”
Morning comes and I’ve somehow got to tell my mum I’ve brought a ‘homeless guy’ back to our “cabin in the woods” You can imagine how my mum was probably feeling, probably fuming that my boyfriend and I have brought a stranger into their home. However being the kindest soul I know she would immediately come round. As soon as she met him she understood why we had done what we had done. I knew she would understand.”
Joey began living and working with the family, feeding the horses and cooking meals. They all banded together with friends and family and eventually got Joey to a job interview. He was hired, and has his life back on track…all because he offered two strangers the warmth of his duvet.
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