If a homeless man had asked her for spare change before March 3, Nicole Sedgebeer admits she would have turned the other way. Then came "the most eye-opening event in my life." The 21-year-old from Milton Keynes, England, says she missed the last train home from London after a night out with friends and was left stranded outside a locked train station at 3am with a phone that had died, per OneMK and ITV News. That's when a homeless man named Mark found her and led her to a 24-hour cafe.
"We had breakfast and he told me about his life. He used to work with the army and has been homeless for 12 years," Sedgebeer says. He then left for his sleeping bag but returned at 5am to escort her back to the train station, Sedgebeer writes on Facebook. "He went out of his way to help me, a complete stranger, when the reality of his situation is that people walk past him every day without offering him help," she adds on a JustGiving page. It has raised $16,600 for Mark and other homeless people as of this writing. (Read more uplifting news stories.)