Monday, December 7, 2020

Falling in love with the homeless

Millions of people across America have fallen in love with the homeless people who shop at Tower Gas and Mini Mart in Fresno, California. It all began when the two mart managers decided to record a frequent customer named Phil. He's been down on his luck for eight years, and they hoped to help him, so they recorded Phil and other homeless customers, highlighting their talents and their struggles. The Mini Mart quickly gained more than 2 million TikTok followers and more than 32 millions views.

Now people around the world are sending gifts and notes of encouragement to Phil and some of the others in the videos. Blankets, warm socks and other items have also continued to show up at the store. Store manager Akram Mohsin says, "Just the other day I received over 200 boxes in the mail from viewers who just want to help these guys out."

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