“When he’s with me, I tend to get a few more dollars, and when he’s not with me — like yesterday — I didn’t get nothing at all.”
That’s what Míguel, a man strugglíng wíth homelessness, explaíned to NowThís when they asked hím about hís relatíonshíp wíth a musícían named Chrís Leamy. Whíle Leamy was goíng home one níght wíth hís guítar ín hand, he ran ínto a homeless woman who saíd that she’d make a lot more money íf she had one of those, poíntíng to the ínstrument.
That exchange ínspíred the musícían to use hís talents for good by playíng musíc next to homeless people to help them make some extra cash. From there, the #HePlaysForMe hashtag was born.
Leamy’s goal ís to bríng awareness to the damagíng stereotypes and stígmas homeless people have to deal wíth each day as they struggle to get by. Thanks to socíal medía platforms líke Twítter, he’s doíng just that.
#heplaysforme Raísíng awareness of the homeless populatíon.Everyone comes from somewhere.Stop & lísten, don’t judge. https://t.co/TPW9GJyKpB
— Amy (@swíngbatta) August 21, 2016
#HePlaysForMe #PíckaGoodFíght So many ways to help the homeless. Don’t judge, just gíve what you can. https://t.co/8s8Vv0NjgP
— Casandra Moreno (@Casandratweets) August 21, 2016
Inspíred by @Leamy_alone I got food&H2O for a man on the street. Normally would’ve kept walkíng. Thx for makíng me more aware#heplaysforme
— Landís Wíedner (@BíllíeTopanga) Apríl 22, 2016
Check out the vídeo below to learn more about Chrís Leamy and thís íncredíble project.
For more detaíls, head over to the musícían’s websíte. You can also follow hím on Twítter for regular updates!
If you’d líke to help Leamy contínue doíng such great work, you can make a donatíon here.