Every day, we can see homeless people living on the street, laying on bench in the park…. Few of us take the time to interact with them, give them some food or find out their story. We don’t need to act like an angelic pastor on Lent, but that we should all choose kindness whenever we can. Small effort sometimes can be lifechanging. It makes your day!
This was the story for Franklin, who lived outside Randi and John’s building. His life changed forever when the couple made friend with him.
Pedro hasn’t seen his family for 20 years
The couple shared the touching story of Franklin’s reunion with his long lost family on Instagram. After they got to know him for a such period of time, they realized how kind and smart Franklin was. They just thought that they needed to know his story.
“Franklin was a homeless man outside of our building who we got to know in the past couple of weeks. He is so smart and kind and all he wanted was to be reunited with his family,” Randi posted on Instagram.
As such, Randi and John decided to turn his wish into reality. Franklin hadn’t seen his family in the past 20 years.
The couple searched the internet and John actually found a phone number to a family member.
What the couple found out was so heartwarming
Once Randi and John found the phone number, they made the first contact. It turns out they had been looking for him too.
Franklin and his family hadn’t spoken in over 20 years. When we told them we had found him they said they would get on a plane because they too had been searching for him for the last 20 years.
Franklin’s family was elated with the news. They immediately booked the flight to get to him as soon as possible.
Not just that, Randi and John raised money so Franklin could get new clothes, shoes and other essentials. He was then able to stay at a hotel.
“I ended up posting about it on social media and began raising money to at least get Pedro a couple of nights in a hotel to get some good rest. Within 72 hours we had raised about $6500. We got Pedro in the hotel for the week, provided food, new clothes, a phone and essentials. We were able to pay for his Uncle and Cousin’s trips to LA, their rental car home, and their hotel. We also gave the family the remaining money to help get Pedro back on his feet.”
The couple changed him forever
Randi and John will never forget Franklin, who is now reunited with his family. In fact, they have a heart-warming lesson to share with the world. Love and kindness actually change a person’s life.
“We got to go to dinner with the family and Pedro and get to know them. It was incredible to see the love they all had for each other and how the 20 years apart didn’t change a thing. They got back home with him yesterday afternoon and he is feeling incredible. Pedro is incredibly kind and intelligent. We feel so happy to have met him and will absolutely keep in touch with him. We are even planning to go visit him in Charleston sometime soon! He touched our hearts forever and we’re going to miss him. We cannot wait to see what this chapter holds for him.”
If you see someone on the street saying hello to you, please don’t turn away. It’s what Franklin said made the difference to him every day- the people that acknowledged him kept him going and made him feel like someday he wouldn’t be so lonely.
“He touched our hearts forever and we’re going to miss him. We cannot wait to see what this chapter holds for him,” Randi finished.