A Starbucks Gold Card brought unexpected aid to a homeless man and helped create a new innovative way to provide assistance to those in need.
A man became homeless last winter and was out on the street with little more than a cell phone and his Starbucks Gold Card.It was because of the Starbucks card and the social media agent twitter that he was able to stay warm and safe and find new ways to impact those less fortunate.
This news story begins with the man finding himself out in the cold with nowhere to go. As a significant amount of the homeless in America find themselves, he made the local shelters a place to sleep for the night. However, it was the policy of the shelter that everyone had to leave early in the mornings when it was still very cold outside.
With it being winter, he had to find some way to keep warm so he used the Starbucks card to sit and drink coffee.While sitting there, he tweeted about the condition of the homeless and the suffering he observed. When his money began to run out, he broke down and began to ask his followers if they knew anywhere he could find assistance and stay warm. The gold card allowed him to stay connected to society while so many others in his plight simply fade away out of sight.
To prevent him from being kicked out into the cold, the generosity of people following him on twitter began to provide for his needs. At first, he began to get Starbucks cards from some and card refills from others. As the generosity of the public poured in, he began to formulate an idea. Whenever he became homeless, he tweeted and the news of his condition spread through the cyber world and the generosity of folks he did not know came to his rescue.
His idea was to begin to help other homeless folks. He began a blog that talked about the needs of other homeless people and began to ask for assistance for items that others desperately needed.Starbucks has changed his life and in turn he is changing the lives of others. He uses the internet connection to tweet or blog for needs and meets those in need at the stores.
Further work is being done by donating day old pastry to shelter and more can be done if we harness the power of generosity and the technology available.