Good Samaritan receives overwhelming response on social media to help homeless man

Rocky Ben

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – Two strangers are now best friends after one of the men decided to help the other. Matthew Cardozo took to social media asking people for help. His post blew up.

Rocky Ben, who is homeless, watched his life change in a matter of days.

“It’s not more of what I did. It’s more or less what everybody should do for someone that’s less fortunate,” Cardozo told News Channel 8.

Cardozo was at the pier fishing last Thursday in Clearwater Beach when he saw Ben. Ben was sleeping on the ground.

“He felt so sorry for me and gave me a hoodie and took a picture of me and said he was going to give it to his wife. I had no idea he was going to put it on Facebook,” Ben said.

Facebook blew up with people from all over wanting to help. Diane Hio created a GoFundMe page after seeing Ben’s story.

“Matt had asked (for) just for a few simple items, a rolling suitcase and maybe a pair of pants and a shirt and then it just bloomed from there,” Hio said.

Within hours, hundreds of dollars filled the account. By Monday, there was enough money to temporarily put a roof over Ben’s head.

Managers at Crabby’s Bar and Grill saw the post and gave Ben a job.

The donations are still coming. It’s a blessing for a man who has been homeless for almost three years.

“This is overwhelming, and I never thought this would happen to me,” Ben said. “I still think I’m dreaming. I’m waiting to wake up and hopefully I don’t.”

“It was more or less just asking out to see if anyone could help and it’s really God’s work, not mine,” Cardozo said.

Ben will stay in a nearby hotel for a few days. More money is being raised to find him a permanent home.

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