The life of a homeless single father in Denver, Colorado, is taking a turn for the better after a YouTube video featuring the man talking about his situation went viral, The Denver Channel reported (video below).
James Moss moved from New York to Denver a month ago with his 2-year-old son, Zhi, after a friend in the area promised him a job and housing arrangements.
Soon after moving to the Colorado city, both the job offer and the housing fell through, and Moss found himself on the streets with his son, looking for a shelter to stay in.
"It seemed like everything I was trying to do was falling apart," Moss told KDVR.
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Then, thanks to a twist of fate, everything changed.
Moss was walking near a mall with his son when he ran into Leon Logothetis, a TV host and motivational speaker, reports The Denver Channel.
Logothetis, who was filming a video series about random acts of kindness as part of his worldwide #GoBeKind movement, approached Moss on the street and asked the destitute man to share his thoughts about kindness.
In the video, after Moss explained his situation on camera, Logothetis thanked him for participating in the series and gave him $1,000. He also offered to put Moss and his son up in a hotel for a week.
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Moss then broke down sobbing and hugged Logothetis for his generosity.
"You've got to be freaking kidding me," he said in the video. "Thank you so much, man. I appreciate it."
The video, which was posted on YouTube on Nov. 3 as the fourth episode in Logothetis' #GoBeKind series, has since gone viral, garnering more than 730,000 views in six days.
The video has also prompted further acts of kindness from strangers across the country.
Kayla Heskett, a woman from Goodland, Kansas, has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Moss to get a car so he can drive to work from the shelter where he and Zhi were staying at the time.
Although the page originally aimed to raise $20,000, it ended up raising over $30,000 in four days, reports KDVR.
Moss said he and his son were able to move out of the shelter and into a permanent home because of the money raised through the site, although he is still saving up to buy a car and a camper.
He added that his boss at the barber shop where he now works is letting him bring Zhi to work with him until he can find affordable day care.
Moss has appeared in another video (below) posted on YouTube on Nov. 7 thanking his supporters.
"I just want to say thank you so much for donating and sending out prayers for us," he said in the video, adding that the strangers who helped him are "like family" now.
"I never knew a small act of kindness could spark such a huge chain reaction," he said.
Moss explained in the video that countless people in the Denver area had already performed small acts of kindness for him and Zhi, including offering them rides and bus tickets, before he even spoke to Logothetis.
"Those people are awesome," he told KDVR. "Like angels in the sky."