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NEW YORK — Casey Fischer went to Dunkin’ Donuts during a break between classes.

When he pulled up to the donut shop, he saw a homeless man “sitting on the side of the road and picking up change.”

Something in Casey told him to speak to the man.

“I began to get super annoying and talked to him over and over again even when he didn’t really want to talk.”

Noticing that the man had scrounged up maybe $1, Casey bought him coffee and a bagel and asked the man to sit down with him.

The strangers talked for about an hour.

In that time, the man told Fischer “a lot about how people are usually very mean to him because he’s homeless, how drugs turned him into the person he hated, he lost his mom to cancer, he never knew his dad and he just wants to be someone his mom would be proud of.”

Casey said that homeless man, whose name is Chris, was one of the “most honest and sincere people” he’d ever met.

When Casey realized he had to get back to class, he began to say goodbye. But Chris stopped his new friend so he could write him a note.

“Handing me a crumpled up receipt he apologized for having shaky hand writing, smiled, and left. I opened his note and this was it.

‘I wanted to kill myself today, because of u I now do not. Thank u, beautiful person.’ “

Casey Fischer’s story was shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page and has been shared more than 110,000 times since Jan. 12.