Young Woman Shares How She Made An Unlikely Best Friend
Cailyn Finkel 1/13/2017
It takes a special person to give the coat off of their back - especially if a coat is all they have to their name. That's exactly what happened to Charlotte Ellis when she and her boyfriend found themselves cold and confused in an English train station.
A kind stranger stepped in to help ease their discomfort, and it would change all of their lives forever!
After a night on the town, Charlotte and her boyfriend Taylor walked to the train station, only to find themselves stuck in frigid conditions for hours until the trains began to run again in the morning.
Charlotte shared what happened next on her Facebook page:
"In the early hours of Thursday morning my boyfriend and I were out in [freezing] conditions waiting for the train station gates to open, only to realize we would have to wait four hours for them to open.... We had gotten confused and missed the last train.
After waiting for a while, it's getting pretty nippy. A voice from behind me said, 'You can borrow my coat and duvet if you want? It's a long wait and it's freezing tonight.' I turn round and see Joey for the first time. I jump straight under the duvet and thank Joey for his kind offer as Taylor gives me 'the look.'
"After Taylor and I sat with Joey waiting for our train, there was just something about him that was so sincere I couldn't leave him out there on his own. No one deserves to be out in these conditions....
I told Joey that I refused to leave without him, at first he declined in dismay at the offer of coming back home with my boyfriend and I to have a shower, shave and a good old meal. He thought I was joking. I really wasn't.
It took Taylor to explain that if you don't come with us I'm not going to get her home. Joey finally accepted.
We got a cab home and much to Joey's horror he ends up in the cabin in the woods, in the middle of nowhere. Joey put all his trust into us. As much as we put all our trust into him.
We talked for hours, we exchanged life stories and instantly became the best of friends. It's something I can't even explain, it was just meant to be. I don't expect everyone to get it.
Before the night is over, before Joey had his first night in a bed - Joey offers the coat on his back as a token gift to my boyfriend as a thank you, as a token of his appreciation. In my eyes, this gift had such a powerful meaning behind it more than any ever gift you could ever receive.
[Since meeting Joey] we have taken him for Indian food, had his hair cut, gave him a phone, my friends gave him a new wardrobe, played football, watch movies and played Playstation! He helps my Mum feed the horses, he has a roast dinner!
We treat him as we would treat anyone else. We have faith in him, we help him. More importantly, we give him our time and friendship. But, most importantly, he's taught us what life really is, he's taught us what real friends are and I can honestly say that it's the most amazing feeling I've ever felt."
Since meeting Joey, Charlotte and her family has helped him get back on his feet! The man who was once down on his luck even interviewed and received a job! Joey will finally be able to support himself again - and it's all because someone showed him a bit of kindness when he needed it the most.
Now Charlotte urges others to share the same type of mentality that helped Joey so much during some of his darkest days.
"I share this story for one reason only, please just give a little time to stop and ask them how their day is, make them know that there is people out there that do care. Just give them a little bit of your time. It costs nothing.
Have faith, take the risk, be kind, make that change, and be that change. Because, at the end of the day, we all have the ability to be good people."
It's stories like theirs that restores our faith in human kindness and love! Even a simple smile can turn a homeless person's day from miserable to bearable.
Sources: Facebook/Charlotte Ellis / FB Image Credit: Facebook/Charlotte Ellis