A homeless man who sells magazines on the street to have enough money his next meal, has saved up to buy 100 roses to hand out for free on Valentine’s Day.
Cameron, a homeless man living at Nobby’s Beach in Newcastle, revealed his generous plan to new friend, Lance Smith, who shared the story on Facebook on Tuesday.
‘He told me that he can’t wait for Valentine’s Day. When I asked why, he told me that he’s going to buy $100 worth of roses and give them out,’ Mr Smith said.
‘I asked him how much he was going to sell them for and he replied, ‘Nothing, I’ll be giving them out for free. I just like to see the joy and smile on people’s faces’.
Mr Smith said Cameron’s response ‘blew my mind and put tears in my eyes’.
He said Cameron’s kindness inspired him to lend his own time and money to the cause.
‘Today I drove Cameron to Aldi and we bought 100 roses for $100. I bought 50 and he bought 50,’ he said.
Mr Smith advised anyone in the area to visit Nobby’s Beach and say hello to Cameron.
He also asked people to buy a Big Issue magazine from Cameron, a trade which was his only source of income.
The Big Issue is a fortnightly magazine sold on the streets by homeless, marginalised and underprivileged people. Homeless people buy the magazine for $3.50 and sell them on for $7, keeping the difference.
In the heart-warming post, which has gathered more than 55,000 likes and 14,000 shares since Tuesday night, Mr Smith gave his followers some insight into Cameron’s life and how he came to live on the streets.
‘His dad fell sick when he was in his 20s and was taken into permanent care, leaving Cameron unable to afford the rent on his own,’ he said.
‘He has been in and out of homelessness for many years… living in a dome tent with his possessions buried in a wheelie bin.
‘Being diagnosed with schizophrenia and suffering from depression, he has been unable to hold down full-time employment.’
Cameron told Mr Smith his depression significantly reduced since he started selling the Big Issue in December.
‘He feels like he has purpose and genuinely enjoys getting up in the morning to go sell it,’ Mr Smith said.
‘He’s a beautiful human with a massive heart… and a lot of roses.’