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This Formerly Homeless Man Shows What It Truly Means to Pay It Forward

June 9, 2014
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This Formerly Homeless Man Shows What It Truly Means to Pay It Forward
A homeless man hugs Eric, right, who was himself homeless until very recently, after finding out he would be given a hotel room to stay in for one month. Screengrab via YouTube
After receiving a roof over his head, Eric gives the gift of shelter to someone else.

Magic of Rahat has struck again!

It’s the third chapter of the YouTube star’s video series featuring a homeless man named Eric. And now, this incredible story has come full circle.

Back in March, Rahat orchestrated a “prank” on Eric that set him up to be a lottery winner. After scoring $1,000 in cash, Eric immediately wanted to share his prize. His heartwarming gesture touched so many viewers that they opened up their wallets and donated so much money ($44,000!) that Eric now has a furnished home that is completely paid for for the next year.

Now that he has a job and is no longer living on the streets, Eric is helping others in need — and his amazing act of kindness is captured in the video below.

With $1,000 of his own money, Eric approaches a homeless busker on a sweltering day and offers to pay for a hotel room. The man is suspicious at first, but ultimately takes up Eric on his kind offer.

At the hotel lobby, the two learn that the $1,000 will pay for a whole month at the hotel. When they get to the room (complete with air conditioning, a fridge, and a stove), the man is so overwhelmed that he breaks down in tears.

“I wanted to help,” Eric tells his new friend after a warm embrace. “And this is not the last time you’re going to see me.”

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According to a recent report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, there are more than 610,000 people who do not have a roof over their heads. We need to do so much more to get our homeless Americans off the street. While it sounds like a daunting task, it can be done.

As you can see from Eric’s story, a little compassion can go a very long way.

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