Jimmy Francis just hoped someone would help him make it through another day on the streets of Las Vegas. But what one local realtor gave him as a gift will likely warm his heart forever.
When Jim Snyder saw how much Francis, 74, was suffering, he gave him a sandwich and then brought him to his house to see what else he could do help the homeless man, KTNV reported. Once the realtor learned that Francis wanted to reconnect with his children more than anything else, Snyder turned to Facebook and found the panhandler’s daughter whom he hadn’t seen or spoken to in 24 years.
“I love you,” Francis told his daughter Natalie Caler over Skype. “It’s been a long time.”
The grateful pair, who said they lost touch when Calor’s mom decided to keep them apart, is eager to reunite. But Calor lives in California and neither can afford the travel costs to reconnect in person.
Snyder has stepped in to help on that front too. He set up an online fundraiser to collect money to cover their travel fees and raised more than $2,000 at press time.
Technology has played a key role for a number of homeless people across the country who have been separated from loved ones.
After Billy Ray Harris, a homeless Missouri man, returned a diamond ring a passerby accidentally dropped in his change cup, he gained national attention, according to KCTV. Donations poured in from inspired supporters, but perhaps the greatest gift was when his sister, Robin –- who lives in Texas -- stumbled upon the story. She reached out to the news station, which helped her reunite with her brother.
"I want him to know that we love him and we miss him," Robin told KCTV. "We want him here and he (can have) a roof over his head if he chooses to come home."