Homelessness is a longstanding and serious issue in Vancouver. But living in one of the world's most expensive cities means it's easy to feel like you don't have a lot to survive on, let alone give.
Out to change that are the two guys behind the VanCityVideo YouTube channel. They recently posted a clip showing that even those with the least — those living on the street — have something to contribute to people who need it.
In the clip, one of the VanCityVideo men goes up to a homeless man named Trench and offers to buy him some clothing. Trench asks for socks, so the man returns with socks and some extra sweaters.
Then the other VanCityVideo guy, dressed in just a T-shirt, walks by and asks Trench if he has any clothing to spare because he's cold. Trench barely skips a beat before offering up one of the newly gifted sweaters, and in doing so demonstrates his generosity despite having very little to his name.
"We have all done it. Turned away someone who needed our help just because we didn't want to be bothered or we felt we had nothing to spare," the video description states. "We wanted to see if 'I do not have a lot' was really a legitimate excuse to NOT help out someone else in need. Hopefully this video can help change your mindset."
The duo also posted another video showing their interaction with Trench; they give him some food stamps and more clothing to say thank you for his generosity (and of course, they hand the sweater back).
There were over 2,700 homeless people living in Metro Vancouver in March of this year, according to the 2014 Homeless Count. Over 1,800 of those — 65 per cent — live in the City of Vancouver.
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