A kind-hearted young girl has raised thousands for a homeless man after he returned her grandma’s lost purse.
Mikayla Gounard, 12, and grandparent Evelyn Topper visited a coffee shop in San Rafael, California, on December 12, with CCTV from the store showing her paying for coffee with the purse.
But she then forgot to zip up the pocket it was placed in and when she returned home, Evelyn was devastated to discover her purse was missing.
“In this little wallet was everything,” Evelyn explained to NBC.
“Every credit, debit, medicare card. Everything I own. I was distraught.”
Incredibly, a day later homeless man Sean Currey, 57, discovered the purse in a dumpster with all its contents still inside behind the shop.
He admitted to the Washington Post that he contemplated using the cards, saying: “Anybody in the position of being homeless and cold and tired and hungry, if they found a credit card, they’re going to think about it.
"But whether you're going to act on it is two different things.
"I would rather be cold and hungry and know that I did the right thing.”
He chose to call the elderly woman to deliver the good news.
The act of kindness didn’t go unnoticed. Mikayla had asked for donations to a charity instead of presents for her 12th birthday.
When she heard about Sean’s actions, she decided to donate it all to him.
“I wanted to give to someone who really needed something,” Mikayla explained.
“I think it’s really important for people to think that just because you got pushed back, doesn’t mean you can never come back up again.”
Footage showed her having socially distant drive-by visits from friends and family and, on her drive, was a picture of the homeless man alongside a basket.
Mikayla managed to raise $475 (£347) in total and NBC cameras captured the heartwarming moment she handed Sean the money.
Clearly overcome with emotions, the rough sleeper hugged the young girl.
“I’m humbled, I’m just blessed,” Sean said later. “It’s hard to express words for it, I’m at a loss.”
Her actions inspired he family to go one step further and set up a GoFundMe page for Sean and the wider homeless community in the San Rafael area.
To date, the page has raised a staggering $49,000 (35,864). You can donate here.
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