This past week, the worst in humanity came to the forefront when a suicide bomber in Manchester, England targeted young girls at an Ariana Grande concert killing 22 of them and injuring dozens more.

As with many situations like this, some good stories regarding the best of humanity surfaced in the wake of the tragedy.

One such story involved Stephen Jones, a homeless man who had just found a place to sleep outside the arena that fateful night, and Chris Parker, another homeless man who had been outside asking for money.

Instead of running away from the horror, the two sprang into action.

Via the New York Times:

Mr. Parker, 33, was panhandling when the bomb exploded, according to local news reports. The force of the blast knocked him to the floor, but he was unfazed.

Rather than running for safety, he went to the aid of victims, comforting a girl who had lost her legs, wrapping her in a T-shirt, and cradling a dying woman in his arms.

Mr. Jones, 35, says he pulled nails out of children’s arms and faces.

“Just because I am homeless doesn’t mean I haven’t got a heart, or I’m not human still,” he told ITV News. “I’d like to think someone would come and help me if I needed the help,” he said, adding that he had been overcome by an “instinct” to pitch in.

Simply an incredible story.

Here is Jones discussing what happened that night …

 

Since then, Parker and Jones have both received an outpouring of support from the community, showing appreciation and love for their heroic actions that night.

A GoFundMe page has been started for Parker, which had raised over 40,000 pounds (over $54,000) in less than one day. In addition to the financial reward, the Times reports that Parker’s mother reached out via the fundraising page.

“This is my son and I am desperate to get in touch with him,” one woman wrote. “We have been estranged for a very long time, and I had no idea he was homeless. I am very proud of him, and I think he might need me right now.”

As for Jones, word of his heroics spread to some prominent individuals.

Co-chair of the West Ham United Football Club, David Sullivan and his son, Dave Jr., were nearly brought to tears after hearing his interview.

The pair sought to track down Jones, and reward him with six months-worth of rent, new clothes, and some food.

And through the power of social media, they did just that.

 

“Steve deserves this chance to improve his own life after his selfless and heroic acts undoubtedly improved the lives of so many others,” said Mr. Sullivan.

Well done Mr. Parker and Mr. Jones!

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