Fredrick White was a simple man wanting to give back to the world. He wanted to do something good without having to expect something in return. As he was buying several garments for charity at a Goodwill store, it didn’t cross his mind that someone might be taking his picture, nor did he expect his viral fame online.
The 19-year old went to a Goodwill store and bought a bunch of winter coats for about $ 65. Before he even paid the garments, he had struck up a conversation with a stranger in line.
The stranger’s name was Jim Glasgow. Jim was astonished when he saw all the coats that Fredrick had. He shared his intentions and plans with the garments; they were for the homeless members of the community. Fredrick’s words and his mission to the homeless moved Jim so much that the latter couldn’t help but snapped a photo of Fredrick and the coats.
Jim initially sent the photo along with the story to his daughter, Haley. Haley, like her father, was also moved by Fredrick’s random act of kindness that she posted it on Facebook where it immediately went viral. Fredrick eventually got word of the picture and hadn’t believed it.
Fredrick shared that at the time he discovered about the photo, he was at work. He was shocked even to find out that someone had taken a shot of him unknowingly.
Eventually, Fredrick was interviewed at his local news station regarding his act of kindness to the homeless community. Fredrick shared that he had been inspired by a random story he had read online of people hanging jackets and coats on poles and fences so that the homeless can make use of it.
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