Once-Homeless Dad Whose Story Went Viral Is Paying it Forward

James Moss is now helping the homeless himself
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2015 1:22 PM CST

A once-homeless single father who was recently helped by the kindness of strangers is now helping other homeless people. James Moss moved to Denver from New York because he wanted to raise his young son in a more "peaceful place," he explained to Leon Logothetis, who found Moss as part of his #GoBeKind Tour, in a video posted earlier this month. Moss had a job and a place to stay lined up, but when the living arrangements fell through at the last minute, Moss and his son were left homeless. Logothetis, a TV host, producer, and author, gave Moss $1,000 and a week at a hotel; when the video of their encounter went viral, a GoFundMe account was set up for Moss. It's raised nearly $56,000 in 12 days. Now Moss is paying it forward, 9News reports.

Moss was with a few other volunteers in a Denver park Saturday handing out food to the homeless and hungry, and says he plans to continue such events. (The GoFundMe page says Moss himself set up the event.) "Just trying to help, just trying to make a difference," he says. "That's what means the most to me is just, like, trying to impact, you know, let people know that there's still people that care. I was once in this position with my son." He says Logothetis' kindness gave him time to "get my situation straight." According to 9News, after Moss' initial interaction with Logothetis, he got a job as a barber and was living at a shelter; the GoFundMe campaign was set up to get him a car so he and his son wouldn't be cold while as they walk to Moss' job. (More uplifting news stories.)

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