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Old 04-03-2008, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Charlotte Observer | 03/27/2008 | The man behind <br> the 'homeless' sign (http://www.charlotte.com/250/story/554338.html - broken link)

Here's an interesting write up about the homeless guy that you see at the I77 Exit 33 interchange accepting donations.

I'm glad to see this article written about him. It truly enlightened me to his situation and I'm glad to see things are looking up for him!
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Drury Lane
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Thanks for sharing that.
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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Homeless with a great heart. No wonder so many people help him; he's very grateful for what's given to him and thanks God for his blessings. We could all learn how to spread what we have to those less fortunate.

What a wonderful article on a special person.
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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That's a great story. I offered him the umbrella out of my car several months ago, and he replied he already had one. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:46 PM
 
Location: NC's southern coastline
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That's a great story. I offered him the umbrella out of my car several months ago, and he replied he already had one. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks to the original poster for sharing this story.

Has anyone else here ever met this man? I wish I was still in the area. I never saw him (I don't think), but I used to stop and offer to bring food to homeless people occasionally.
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:58 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Everyone has a story . . . you just never know what people have endured in their lives . . .

Thanks, Stripes, for sharing a really good story . . . warmed my heart. . .
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Old 04-04-2008, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I wonder how many of us might be in the same position at some point of our lives?
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:10 AM
 
Location: NC's southern coastline
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superk, I've never been homeless but I sure can see how it happens to good people. There but for the grace of God go I. Most people say "Well I'd go live with family" which is great and all, but that's the point--if you can lose your health and your job and just go stay with and live off of family that's terrific but not everyone HAS family who can take them in, so what are they going to do? I really feel for them. Homeless does NOT equal lazy. And it doesn't take much for it to happen to any of us......a medical/health problem and the loss of a job. Is all it would take.

I wish this man the very best, and hopes he lives comfortably now for the rest of his life. Whenever I get my own self straightened out from my problems I would like to kickstart something in my own community to help homeless people. It has to be the worst feeling in the world, you're on the streets with no family to go to, no refuge from the weather, no safe warm bed.

We should all count our blessings, how many times do we complain about things that are ultimately trivial? The cable tv reception is terrible, oh, the line at the bank is long, I had to wait an hour at the doctor's office, some guy cut me off in traffic...and here is this man, homeless, and yet he still shares what he's able to receive with others. In some ways he is more blessed than a lot of people because he is a good person on the inside, which is more than I can say for so many people these days, and also sometimes, even myself.
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Old 04-04-2008, 06:35 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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What a great story!

With all our doom and gloom this week about crime, we finally get a ray of sunshine.

You just cannot keep a good man down.
The man exemplifies that life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.
So many people with a chip on their shoulder complain about the dish life has dealt them, and yet look at this man.
People at their core want to help good people.
I have a feeling this is not the last we will hear about Mr. Robinson.
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Old 04-04-2008, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Yes, a very good story...but I am somewhat disheartened to see that no one offered him a place in their home. Not trying to find fault or negatives, just to me a little shocking.
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