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A rough sleeper has saved up $250 (£165) in spare change and donated it to the Society of St Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles.
Ed Denst, 77, is an ex-marine who has been living on the streets of LA for the last 23 years. Mr Denst was inspired by the charity of others to pay it forward to Our Mother of Good Council Church, which has been helping him out with free lunches for the past 20 years.
The charity’s board president, Claire Padama, told CBS LA: “I was shocked. I think that’s more meaningful than those people who have a lot.” The donation, which was paid in one-dollar bills, would help people in need of assistance with their rent and utility bills.
Mr Denst told TV cameras that when his wife died he sold the house, spent all his money and has been sleeping rough ever since. But he said: “Giving back makes me feel very good.”