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An Anchorage woman's bid to help a homeless man gains international attention

 Photo of the sign Richard was holding the day Kenyada Waters changed his life.
Photo of the sign Richard was holding the day Kenyada Waters changed his life. (KTUU)
Published: May. 16, 2016 at 9:12 AM AKDT
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An Anchorage woman's bid to help a homeless man get his phone turned on and get a new job, has attracted international attention.

Kenyada Waters says she was parked in the Value Village parking lot on Dimond Blvd. when she noticed a man standing on the street corner holding a sign that read, "Laid off 2 long anything helps."

It was in that moment Waters said something on the inside, which she says was the spirit of the Lord told her to go talk to him. What happened next is an exchange the two say they won't forget.

When Waters spoke to the man, identified only as Richard, he told her he had been out of work for a long time and he'd submitted many job applications but hadn't heard back.

"I told her well the only reason I'm out here is to get enough money so I can get my phone turned back on," Richard told Channel 2 News.

Richard's cell phone had been cut off for so long, he couldn't remember his phone number.

Waters took Richard to AT&T that day and got his phone line reconnected. She paid for him to use his phone for two months.

"It made me start crying, people are out there that are nice enough to do things like that," Richard said.

Waters documented her good deed and posted it on social media and it didn't take long for word to spread. She says she did it to remind people that compassion for people, no matter their situation, goes a long way.

"I really wanted people to know that just because he's standing on the street holding a sign, he's not a bad person. He's not someone who doesn't want something for himself. He just hit hard times," Waters said.

Soon after Waters got Richard's phone line reconnected, he got a text about a potential job lead.

"I'm so blessed that God has made us cross paths and I am so thankful for her," he said.

A GoFundMe account set up for Richard gained international attention with donations pouring in from across the Atlantic.

Kenyada set up a Go Fund Me page for Richard to help raise money to help him pay rent and get a car. 

Click here to learn more or to make a donation.

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