As the saying goes, “A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.” But getting a little bit of cash for being nice? Well, that’s just icing on the cake.
That’s exactly what happened to some generous souls in Tempe, Ariz. who decided to donate their hard-earned money to a homeless person. Not only did the panhandler immediately give the money back, but these kind people were surprised with an additional $20.
As it turns out, that “homeless person” was actually YouTube star Dawson Gurley, aka Big Daws, who’s better known for his pranks on innocent bystanders (eating junkfood at the gym, playing drinking games at the library).
Even though there were some people who demanded that Gurley get off the streets or get a job, there were others such as the man at the one-minute mark, who wanted to give money even though he just got out of homelessness himself.
At the end of the video, Gurley meets a woman named Charna Foley who has been struggling to find a job for three months. She breaks down in tears after receiving the YouTuber’s last $20. She later tells ABC15, “He gave me freedom that day to be normal and buy what I want.”
The clip, which is now going viral, has touched so many viewers that several have asked how they can also help Foley get back on her feet. Gurley has since set up a PayPal account for people to make donations to her (send funds to [email protected]).