A student has raise over $50,000 for a homeless man after he offered to pay her cab fare one day when she was unable to.
22-year-old Dominique Harrison-Bentzen is a student at the University of Central Lancashire.
One day, Harrison-Bentzen had lost her bank card in the early morning hours of December 4, and did not have any cash to pay the cab fare of three pounds (nearly five U.S. dollars.)
That’s when a homeless man, known only as Robbie, offered her the money she needed to get home safely.
On her crowd-funding page, Harrison-Bentzen said she did not take Robbie’s money and instead found a different way home, but was so touched by the gesture that she decided she wanted to thank Robbie anyway.
While trying to track Robbie down, Harrison-Bentzen spoke with local residents who had nothing but praise for the man. She learned that Robbie had a reputation for kind gestures, such as offering his scarf to keep others warm and returning wallets to pedestrians untouched.
Eventually, Harrison-Bentzen found Robbie. She learned that he had been homeless for about seven months, through no fault of his own, and couldn’t get a job because he had no current address. That’s when Harrison-Bentzen decided she wanted to give Robbie a second chance at life.
Launching an online campaign to raise money for Robbie, Harrison-Bentzen asked the world for donations of only three British pounds — the same Robbie offered her — to collect 30,000 pounds to get him off the streets and into a flat.
As part of her campaign, Harrison-Bentzen spent a night on the street to raise money and awareness for Robbie.
Within just two weeks, Harrison-Bentzen raised 32,245 British pounds sterling, which equates to just over $50,000 in U.S. dollars.
The GoGetFunding page is no longer accepting donations. Those who wish to contribute to Robbie may donate at a second fundraising page, which has already exceed its 2,500 pounds goal with over 7,500 pounds pledged.