A homeless man in Connecticut was rewarded for a good deed after he returned a $10,000 check to its owner (video below).
As Elmer Alvarez walked in New Haven, he found an envelope that turned out to have a check for $10,000 inside, according to WPIX. Alvarez saw that the check was made out to Roberta Hoskie.
Alvarez was able to search online for Hoskie with a friend's help, finding a phone number for her business, Outreach Realty Services. When Alvarez called, Hoskie agreed to meet with him so he could return the check.
"I was just thinking about how that person was feeling by losing an amount of a check like that, an amount of money like that," Alvarez told WTNH.
The two hugged and Hoskie told Alvarez she would write him a check as a reward. After receiving a suggestion on Facebook, Hoskie offered to have Alvarez attend her real estate school for free.
Hoskie revealed that she had also had struggled with homelessness, and had been homeless in her teenage years.
"He had no idea who the person was behind the check," Hoskie said. "He didn't know I was a single mother. I at one point was on welfare. At one point I found myself homeless."
Alvarez said that seeing Hoskie's reaction to having the check returned was better than $10,000.
"Seeing her happy, seeing her appreciating it and all that made me feel good," said Alvarez.
Hoskie is reportedly helping Alvarez to find an apartment of his own.
"There need to be more people like Elmer Alvarez," she said. "He's a gold heart guy. He's a phenomenal guy."
"I appreciate everything that she's doing for me right now," added Alvarez.
Hoskie said that her hope was that someday, Alvarez could pay it forward by helping someone else who was struggling with poverty.
In another story, a heroic homeless man helped victims of the terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May, selflessly staying behind to help those who had been caught in the blast, reports CBS News.
Stephen Jones had been sleeping nearby when he heard the explosion. He ran toward the blast to help those in need. He was later called a hero by many.
"There was a lot of homeless people that stayed there and helped and that's what we done," said Jones. "And obviously when we seen children like that with blood ... having to pull nails and stuff out of their arms and I pulled one out of this little girl's face."
"If I didn't help, I wouldn't be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that," he added.
Soccer team manager David Sullivan, who is co-chairman of West Ham United Football Club, and his son, David Sullivan Jr., were touched by Jones' actions, and offered to help him get back on his feet.
The father and son have offered to pay six months of Jones' rent, and another local offered to help Jones get a job with his company.
"I just hope he won't be homeless anymore," said the younger Sullivan. "He's a lovely guy, and he's shown he's a very courageous man. He deserves rewarding."
"This was a terrible incident, but the response of the people of Manchester has been one of bravery, togetherness and resilience -- the hallmarks of what makes Britain such a fantastic place," said the elder Sullivan in a statement posted online. "Steve was just one of hundreds of people who forgot about their own safety and rushed to the aid of others, and we were both moved by his story."