It’s always encouraging to see young people showing kindness.
When a surveillance video captured a group of teens approaching a homeless man, the outcome wasn’t perhaps what most would have expected.
With colder temperatures settling in and shelters often filled to capacity, many homeless people have to get by on the streets as best they can.
When three teen boys from Poland, Szymon, Wojtek, and Marcin, were asked by a homeless man for a blanket, they wanted to help.
Security footage shows the group of boys carrying a quilt and pillow, with Szymon telling TVN24 that they had searched everywhere for a warm blanket for the man and came upon a couch left abandoned that had a quilt and pillow on it.
They returned to the man, helping to tuck him in so he could stay warm. Szymon explained that the man thanked them and smiled before falling asleep.
After the footage was published, the boys were rewarded with smartwatches from Kordian Kolbiarz, the mayor of Nysa. Kolbiarz told the teens: “That’s a big gesture. I bow to you. The world needs such gestures.”
The teens said they believe in helping others, explaining: “If someone asks for help, we should give them a hand.”
Comments on the VonVon US Facebook post covering the story were mixed, with some applauding the kids, including: “Those teens have wonderful parents who raised them right” and God Bless these young men, only wish there were more kindness like this in this world. Again God Bless these young men and much respect to these boys parents for raising such kind loving and caring young men.”
Another commenter responded to some of the negativity posted, writing: “I must admit I am shocked at the heartless response of some of you. I carry money with me in my pocket regularly to hand out if I see a person in need. What disturbs me is that you not only would not help, but look down on another human being who is in a bad situation (for whatever reason) like they are less than you. Shame on you…many people are just one paycheck away from being homeless…our government doesn’t provide for mental illness and many are turned out into the street. Carry five bucks in your pocket give it to someone for a hot cup of coffee in winter, or even liquor, whatever they need at that moment. It feels really good.”
Another responded: “Very nicely said. We do not know what it is like to walk in another person’s shoes.”
One commenter, however, didn’t see it that way, remarking: “Nope, I probably wouldn’t help a homeless person beyond giving them spare change so they’ll go away. The homeless population in my city has grown violent in recent years because of drug use and I’m not going to support that.”
One person commented: “Rude remarks from people are so cruel…they have no idea what the homeless people are going through or what their past has been. God loves everyone!!”