“I’m fine with skipping meals, but the cat needs to eat.”
It’s not every day you hear about something so heartwarming as this story from Thailand. Our news feed, social feed, and online experience, in general, is rather negative. So it’s nice to have a change and read about something truly wonderful.
The homeless man named Loong Dum has been selling limes at the Mo Chit BTS train station in the bustling city of Bangkok in Thailand. Warunya Wattanasupachoke, who publicized his story online, revealed to Daily News that it was only yesterday that she met him at the walking overpass close to Chatuchak.
Warunya saw his sign that read, “20 baht per bag, profits will pay for stray cat’s food expenses.”
The sales from selling the limes often go to buying food for all the stray cats around him, even that means he will not have enough food for himself sometimes.
Seeing the sign, she walked over to buy some for herself and discovered that Loong Dum’s lime supply had been provided by a well-wishing citizen who did not charge him any money.
She describes him as “friendly and polite,” and often apologetic for his lack of skill in choosing fresh produce.
Loong Dum has been caring for the stray cats ever since he came across one, a few years ago on the streets of Bangkok. To him, the stray cats that accompany him every day are his family and they rely on him.
“I’m fine with skipping meals, but the cat needs to eat,” he said.
Upon knowing about Loong Dum’s story, Warunya learned that there is more to a person that meets the eye. “We shouldn’t judge someone based on their appearance,” Warunya says. “Take Loong Dum for example. Though he is homeless and rugged-looking, he has a big heart.”
After others heard about Loong Dum’s story, several people made an effort to assist him in any way they could.
Some people came to buy his limes while others dropped off cat food and supplies for him and the stray cats.
This story keeps getting better.
Recently, Loong Dum got the chance to get a fresh haircut, new clothing and other supplies from some good Samaritans. It wasn’t long after he got a new makeover, he returned to his fruit stall to sell some limes so that he could feed the stray cats for the day.
The world has some incredibly beautiful people in it. We just have to know where to look (the heart).