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Woman crowdfunds homeless man's ticket home

Woman Crowdfunds Homeless Man's Ticket Home
A thoughtful woman in London can now add 'philanthropist' to her resume after pulling off an incredible act of kindness.

Jenny Baker randomly met a 64-year-old homeless man named Michael one night while she was out in East London. When she got home she posted this message to crowdfunding site GoFundMe.com, explaining his story:

"He told me that he is 64 and came over to England with his mum for a better life. Unfortunately his mother passed away and he found himself homeless with no funds. He told me that all he wants more than anything in the world is to go back to Jamaica where he says he will be fine and happy again."

Baker's message spread across social media with the help of #GetMichaelHome on Twitter. She set the fund up on a Sunday with the goal of raising around $1,300 - and she raised it in ONE DAY. By the next week, donations had amounted to more than $14,000. She promised to give it all to Michael.

She tweeted that she tracked down Michael to relay the good news and use some of the money to set him up in a hostel with warm clothes and fresh toiletries.

Michael hasn't made it back to Jamaica yet. But Baker said she was meeting with the embassy this week for more advice on the best way to get him home and will use the funds to find Michael temporary accommodations until then.

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Connie February 12 2014 at 6:11 PM

Awesome these kinds of good acts make the world a better place God Bless the Both of you.

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komedicrj February 12 2014 at 8:02 PM

Can we do that for some "other" people. Tell me where to send the $$$

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sulandherb komedicrj February 12 2014 at 10:25 PM

just send it to me :P

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no7hingpersonal February 12 2014 at 2:10 PM

that's awesome

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joanieswindels February 12 2014 at 1:56 PM

My son was also helped by the embassy to get him home except he has to pay them back..., but at least he is on US turf now..

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dollibug February 12 2014 at 8:11 PM

GOD bless you both. I hope this man gets back home.

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Tom February 12 2014 at 1:12 PM

Hope it all works out. can't think that every situation out there is a scam.
If she gets him the airline ticket and arranges everything herself with minimum cash in his hand but rather awaiting him in a trust fund woith a 3rd party to ensure he does proper with it...then it's a great story.

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JepWolf February 12 2014 at 8:41 PM

he's going home :) she a angel :)

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sandwalker February 12 2014 at 12:55 PM

Awesome act of kindness by all who helped this man. Good karma with bless you all.

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