Student raises $50k for homeless man who offered her his last $5
PHOTO: Help Robbie crowdfunding photo.
A United Kingdom student has become an internet sensation after raising more than $50,000 for a homeless man she says offered her his last $5 to get her a ride home.
After a night out, Dominique Harrison-Bentzen, a 22-year-old University of Central Lancashire student, found herself stranded without any money after losing her bank card, according to an article in the New York Daily News.
That's when a homeless man, named Robbie, stepped in to help. He offered her his last £3--about $5--to get a taxi ride home.
Although she didn't take the money, she appreciated the gesture and decided to start a crowdfunding campaign to help the man get back on his feet.
"I was lucky enough to find him again and his name is Robbie, he has been homeless for 7 months through no fault of his own and needs to get back on his feet but cannot get work due to having no address," she said on her online campaign.
As of Friday, the campaign has raised about £32,245 ($50,397).
According to a Facebook page made for the man, now known as 'Preston's Homeless Hero,' Robbie will use some of the money to put a roof over his head and the rest of the money will be donated to local soup kitchens and food banks.