The time of year is approaching when we are meant to give thanks and feel joy for all humanity, and we take the time to reflect on our own circumstances, and to have compassion for the circumstances of others. Alan McKracken served 6 years in the Army, and was travelling around the country after his service, living as a homeless man. Eventually Alan found his way to Las Vegas.
Yes, Alan panhandled for money, but not in the usual way. Instead of just begging for himself, Alan’s ultimate goal was to bring happiness and smiles to others, regardless of whether they gave him a donation of not. He often holds a large sign that reads “SMILE”. Said Alan, “I’m not out here to fill my pockets… I’m out here to fill my soul. The Lord will provide what I need.”
In the video we see a magician named Rob Anderson approach the homeless veteran. He proceeds to take his sign and tear it into tiny pieces. At first Alan is sort of speechless, but then something amazing happens! Rob makes some money appear, as a whole lot of cash falls out of the magically repaired sign. Alan is thrilled!
At the time, Rob found Alan to be such a kind person that he wanted to get to know him a little better. So, Rob searched and refound Alan again, and got to know his new friend’s story. Since the viral video was shot, Rob Anderson has set up a GoFundMe page for Alan, to raise enough money for 6 months in an apartment so the veteran can have food, new clothes, a new bank account and start looking for a new job. Rob writes on the page, “Alan does not do any drugs, and is proud to tell you about overcoming alcoholism much earlier in life. He would love to find a job, but as he explained to me, it’s difficult to find a job when you don’t have a home to clean yourself up in, or a decent change of clothes to wear. If there’s anyone who would be deserving of assistance to get back on their feet, it is Alan McCracken.”
Watch the video and tells us what you think!