New York City musician Will Boyajian can regularly be seen playing his guitar and singing bluegrass in Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, and, like many other performers, he solicits donations from passerby.
But Boyajian, 26, isn’t just pocketing the $400 he sometimes amasses during a single day of performances; instead, he’s giving the money to homeless and poor people in dire need.
In fact, Boyajian has a sign near his guitar case that reads, “If you’re homeless or need help take as much as you need from the case.” It includes the hashtag #HopefulCases,” as the New York Post reported.
So, as long as people are truly in need, they are free to dip into the pot of cash. Boyajian’s end goal is to head home with an empty — not cash-filled — guitar case each day and, if by some chance he still has some money when he’s done performing, he buys subway passes to give out and doles out the remaining dollars out on the street.
“It’s really wild, some people come up and take a dollar or take five dollars, some people come up and take eighty dollars,” Boyajian told the Post.”It’s not my job to judge, it’s just my job to give.”
The musician started the “Hopeful Cases” movement just a few days ago, and has steadily had people taking him up on his giving offer, with very few individuals actually clearing him out of cash; most people, he said, just take a little bit.
According to WPIX-TV, Boyajian also hopes to eventually partner up with social service agencies.
In a Feb. 16 Facebook post, Boyajian said the “Hopeful Cases” project is intended to “add a little love to our subways,” and noted that he’s not the only musician participating in the effort.
“On top of the money raised/given, together we were able to buy 12 single ride metro cards to have available for those who need them,” Boyajian wrote of his first night performing on Feb. 15. “We currently have 2 musicians, but If you know anyone who’d like to get involved, contact me.”
Read more about Boyajian and his “Hopeful Cases” project here.
(H/T: New York Post)
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