A young woman witnessed a homeless man collapse on the street and immediately called 911. After paramedics took him away, she took off with the trolley that contained his possessions and pushed it all the way back home.
This lady was Dana Lee Calabrese, from Los Angeles, who was going for a dinner on April 30, 2016, when she saw that a homeless man, Douglas Hall, collapsed on Highland Ave. in Hollywood. Calabrese and two onlookers then called 911 for assistance. Hall was a war veteran and had lost his leg during combat.
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Recalling the situation that day, Calabrese told ABC News: “When I asked the first responders if they would be taking his belongings one of them replied, ‘No, are you? A million more dominoes fall a day around here.’”
“I couldn’t stomach that response. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that they have a very hard job to do and perhaps you get desensitized after working in such a large city with such an immense homeless population, but I just couldn’t bare this person losing what I believed to be all he had in the world. So I thought, ‘Yeah, I will take his cart.’ and then strolled it all the way home.”
Calabrese took photos of the man’s cart and posted it on Facebook to ask her friends for help in finding the man.
Her neighbor eventually found him back on the street, and the two met on June 9, 2016. Their friendship took off from there.
“From our brief encounters thus far he seems like a really great guy. He looks like he has been through a lot in life and somehow maintains this really positive vibe about him. I am really looking forward to learning more about him,” Calabrese said.
Seeing that Hall had written on his cart asking for help to get him to New York, Calabrese set up a GoFundMe page, without his knowledge, to help him.
“He told me he has really good friends there. I think he just really misses it,” Calabrese said.
“He knows that I am getting him to New York because I told him that I would make that happen. At that point, he was crying and telling me I was an angel. He also at one point screamed out ‘God is Good,’” she added.
The GoFundMe page has raised more than enough money for Hall.
“I am actually quite overwhelmed by all of the support. I thought I would have enough to cover the ticket and maybe a little extra for the transition. But, there is quite a lot extra now. He does not know yet about the campaign, from my knowledge, and all of the extra money that I’ve raised for him. I plan on surprising him next week with some friends at the restaurant/bar close by to where he collapsed. I’m extremely excited for this,” Calabrese said.
“I believe we became immediate friends, and hopefully we will be friends for life. I think I will always wonder and worry about him now.”
“I cannot even put into words how much happiness this has brought to me knowing that I am bringing happiness to him.”