One person’s kind gesture certainly won’t relieve poverty or change another person’s fate forever, but it can be an incredible improvement. Murilo, a young Brazilian hairdresser, was not indifferent to the wish of Marcos, a homeless man, on his birthday. The man living on the street told the young man that he had prayed hard because he wanted to find someone to share his special day and a piece of chocolate cake with. With these words, Murilo decided to give an even bigger gift to a man less fortunate.
Murilo goes to church often and it was on leaving his parish that he had the opportunity to talk to Marcos, a homeless man who wanted someone to spend his birthday with. Instead of buying her a simple chocolate cake as Marcos wanted, Murilo wanted to give him a whole day of care and attention. As a barber, Murilo gave him a beard and a haircut, but first allowed him to take a nice bath to cool off.
In addition to the hair treatment, Murilo also bought clothes for the homeless man and invited him to dinner with his whole family. Marcos never imagined he would meet someone as special as Murilo as he sat on the church steps that morning. Further more, it was his birthday: he won’t easily forget it!
It is clear that a haircut and new clothes will not radically change Marcos’ life, but it is still an important gift that gave a homeless person a break from the gruelling life on the streets. Often people who find themselves homeless have no choice but to live on the streets, even if they want to change their lives and start again.
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Murilo didn’t change Marcos’ life, but he certainly enriched his day, supporting him and making him feel appreciated on his birthday: an occasion where everyone deserves to be happier!