The life of a homeless single father’s life drastically changed after a chance confront on the street with a philanthropist making a video to promote kindness. James Moss had only been in Denver for a few days with his 1-year-old son Zhi when he met motivational speaker Leon Logothetis, who has traveled the globe to spread random acts of kindness.
Moss revealed to Logothetis that he had given up his life in New York to give his son a better life, making the move after a friend offered him a job and housing arrangements.
‘Everything I do is for him’, Moss said of his son. ‘The reason I made this move is for him. To be in a peaceful place, the mountains, I want him to experience things that I missed growing up.’ But Moss’ housing had fallen through, and the car-less father and son were left searching for a shelter just two days after moving to their new town.
‘You have to be brought down to your humblest point so you can appreciate other things that are waiting for you,’ he told Logothetis. Logothetis then asked Moss how he was able to maintain his sense of joy and keep his spirits soaring amid such hardship. Moss said his son ‘fuels the heat’ as does his belief that a ‘higher power’ takes people through certain experiences in order to mold them ‘into something you need to be’.
‘I never expected it to be like this, but its like this,’ he said. What Moss didn’t know at that moment was that everything was about to change. Logothetis thanked Moss for sharing his pain and then said he was going to specifically thank him by giving him $1,000 and putting him and his son up in a hotel for a week. His act of kindness brought Moss to tears as he said ‘you gotta be freaking kidding me, man’. The heartwarming moment was posted on YouTube as part of Logothetis’ #GoBeKind Tour and has since been viewed more than 600,000 times – thousands of more views than his other videos.
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Heskett wrote that Moss needed a car to take him and his son to his job as a barber as the weather got significantly colder in the coming months. More than $30,000 have since been raised.
Moss said he is saving up to buy a car and a camper and, thanks to the kindness of a stranger, is no longer living in a shelter. ‘These people are awesome,’ he told Fox 31. ‘Like angels in the sky.’ And Moss’ new boss is allowing him to bring his son to work until he can find affordable daycare. ‘I never thought a small act of kindness like that would spark such a huge chain reaction,’ Moss said in a video he made to say thanks to the people who had donated on the page.
‘It blew my mind, I’m still in shock.’ Moss shared in the video that, even before he met Logothetis, he had been touched by the help he received from strangers in the town.
‘People were giving me rides that didn’t even know me,’ he said. ‘One guy gave me a couple of bus tickets and something to drink for my son.’ ‘From the time I’ve gotten here, I’ve had nothing but a good experience.’
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