Especially for young people, sometimes working a second job is a total necessity to make ends meet. That's why it's not that strange to hear that while Robert Aitken, a 24-year-old from Edinburgh, Scotland, has a day job working at EE (a European telecommunications company), he also pulls in extra cash by working shifts at a local McDonald's. But it's what he does with that extra money that has everyone buzzing.
Aitken uses funds from his 60-hour-workweeks to do something utterly selfless: He purchases giant bags of food at McDonald's and then walks the streets of Edinburgh, approaching the city's homeless folks and offering them a hot meal.
"I started out with 60 cheeseburgers, some fries and a few bottles of water and some cups," he wrote in a Facebook post that's now going viral. "Going into McDonald's and spending £70 of my own cash in order to see these HUMAN BEINGS fight on one more day, I met so many amazing people with so many amazing, humorous and some horrible stories. Three hours I have been out and I am freezing, I cannot imagine how they last the cold nights out there."
Getting to know people like Davie, a vet who suffered from PTSD and was upset to be living a life on the streets, was heart-wrenching to the young man--as well as to anyone who heard about his selfless venture. People who read about it began sharing Aitken's story and helping him drum up more support for his worthy cause.
As for Aitken, he wants only one thing in return.
"My only ask of this post is to simply look differently at homeless people. They are human beings. The have got feelings. They want the same as everyone else, to live a life of happiness."