Norwalk homeless man says his community is his Christmas miracle

Dozens of strangers helped a homeless man in Norwalk find warmth, food and shelter this holiday.

News 12 Staff

Dec 26, 2022, 12:52 PM

Updated 536 days ago

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Dozens of strangers helped a homeless man in Norwalk find warmth, food and shelter this holiday.
Anyone that drives on Connecticut Avenue will recognize the rattling of a pushcart and the vibrant person behind it. For the last five years, Paris' livelihood is collecting bottles.
For anyone who meets Paris, he'll likely share the gratitude he has for the ones that help him out.
But this Christmas, a stranger's request to get Paris a sleeping bag and basic products, turned into something more.
"It all started with a post from our friend Amy Stackhouse," said Victoria Hinds, who organized the donations.
That post resulted in an outpouring amount of support from the community with gift cards, warm food and even a place for him to stay at a hotel. It'll be his first warm Christmas since 2015.
“In total, it's been about $2200 dollars donations,” said Hinds. "Two nights turned into three, and then it turned into nine warm nights for Paris in a hotel.”
Paris is moved by the kindness and generosity of his community. "A Christmas miracle to me is love... Me being embraced,” he said.
The people who contributed to the donations are hoping the attention around the story will help lead to permanent housing for him.


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