What would you do if you met a homeless man on a street? Would you turn away, disgusted by his mangy appearance or would you take pity and give him a meal or a few change?
New York programmer Patrick McConlogue did something different, though. When he saw homeless man Leo Grand, he instinctively knew Grand had potentials. He offered Grand to choose between $100 cash or some books, a computer and lessons everyday on how to code. Grand could’ve run off with the $100 and buy himself a decent meal and blankets to use on cold nights. But surprisingly, he chose the last offer.
When this hit the news, McConlogue was scoffed by many, saying his idea wouldn’t work. That Grand wouldn’t amount to anything good. McConlogue didn’t paid attention to these naysayers and continued teaching Grand how to code. After 16 weeks of studying codes, Grand has finally created an App of his own he called “Tree App.”
McConlogue and Grand’s effort just goes to show how one’s tiny act of kindness could make a huge impact on someone’s life. That sometimes a little help is all that it takes to recognize someone’s true worth.
Here’s Leo’s himself talking about his wonderful journey and his app.