This homeless man found a $10,000 check on the streets of New Haven, and his only thought was to find its rightful owner.
Unknowingly, a New Haven businesswoman dropped a check on the sidewalk, and later when Elmer Alvarez picked it up, he knew he had to return it. With the help of a friend, he was able to call the owner, whose name was Roberta Hoskie.
“I was just thinking about how that person was feeling by losing an amount of a check like that, an amount of money like that. I’d be feeling kind of desperate,” Alvarez told Fox 8.
When Hoskie got the call she was surprised, as she had not realized it was missing. She arranged for him to come to a Chamber of Commerce meeting.
In the conference room reporters were also present to capture the touching moments.
“He has no idea what’s about to happen,” Hoskie said. “He had no idea who the person was behind the check. There was a time in my life where I wouldn’t be able to give anything. To be able to be in a position to give, it’s so heartfelt. He didn’t know that I was a single mother. I at one point was on welfare. At one point found myself homeless.”
Alvarez says giving the check back and seeing Hoskie’s reaction was better than $10,000, and he’d do it all over again.
“Seeing her happy, seeing her appreciating it and all that made me feel good,” he said.
According to Fox 61, the story doesn’t end there. Hoskie was on a mission to help Alvarez get a job, and she’s since found him a place to live, with six months’ rent prepaid. She also wrote him a check, and has arranged for him to receive education.
“There needs to be more people like Elmer Alvarez,” said Hoskie. “He’s a golden heart guy. He’s a phenomenal guy.”
Hoskie presented Alvarez with a certificate of appreciation, and told him she would be giving him free tuition for her real estate course and English classes.
Then she took things one step further.
“You don’t have to worry about being in the cold,” she told Alvarez. “We have housing for you.”
Alvarez was greatly touched by Hoskie’s kindness, who shed a couple of tears.
“There are always angels out here in heaven and earth,” said Alvarez, in appreciation to Hoskie for her generosity.
Hoskie’s kind deed had one condition—Alvarez must pay it forward.
“When you get on your feet, you go ahead, and you do it for the next person and the next person and the next person,” Hoskie told him.
Without a second thought, Alvarez agreed. “I’m going to go for it,” he told her.
Hoskie was genuine in her act of kindness: “Honestly, I give it from the bottom of my heart, and I expect nothing back in return,” she said.