Panhandler Helps Homeless Banker Who Respected Him

Thursday, 12 May 2011 06:20 PM

By Martin Gould

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A homeless panhandler has raised thousands of dollars — to help pay for a hotel room for a banker who treated him with respect when he asked her for money. The Chicago banker lost her job and her home, and Children’s Services even threatened to take her son until Curtis Jackson came to her rescue, Fox’s Chicago affiliate reports.

"All I can do is get out there and put a sign in my hand, or put a cup in my hand and ask people to help me out, and everything I get, except maybe bus fare and something to eat, I give it to her," said Jackson, who has been on the streets since 2004.

The 39-year-old banker, whose name Fox did not divulge, was forced to live in a truck with her 10-year-old son after losing her job at a bank in the Windy City’s suburbs.

Jackson says he has raised $9,000 for her since December. Each night, he goes to the hotel where she is staying and pours his bucket of change on the counter.

The former banker told Fox: "I've donated to charities, I've helped other homeless families — never realizing that one day we'd be in this situation. So thank God that we did have an angel waiting for us."

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