A Houston woman who celebrated her birthday last week got a surprise from a homeless man she bought dinner for.
When Christina Poole’s official plans for her 35th birthday fell through, she decided to celebrate instead by completing 35 acts of kindness, KTRK-TV reported.
Poole first encountered the man, named Maurice, near a McDonald’s in downtown Houston, and she treated him to a meal.
Maurice thanked her by wishing her a happy birthday with a sweet serenade. His “velvet voice” surprised Poole and thousands of people who later viewed the recording online.
“I want EVERYONE to see how powerful God is, and how the simplest things can become the most precious moments to another person. Please know my intent was not for this to go viral,” Poole wrote on Instagram.
Thank you to @abc13houston for picking up my story!! While yall out here doing the #inmyfeelingschallenge ?, in the real world, with so much that we see on TV…the #politics #depression and #suicide, I pray this brings some warm fuzzies to your hearts!! Chronicling everything for you all!! Who knows it may ignite you! In process of doing my “35 for the 35th” (that’s what we’ll call it). The first day, I filled someone's gas tank (totally forgot to video). Yesterday I bought lunch for a random homeless individual. Now, I didn’t want just anyone, God had to point him out and oh did He!! Meet Maurice! He brought tears to my eyes. So sweet and grateful! He sung happy birthday with the most heavenly voice. ????. @todayshow @khou11 @kprc2 @goodmorningamerica @fox26 This was worth WAY more than anything I wanted for my bday! #homelessinhouston #mymanmaurice #godsplan #birthdaybehavior #cancerseason #july #35forthe35th #helpthehomeless #yaaas #iloveit #houston #htown #doinggoodinthehood #newsworthsharing #dst #deltasigmatheta #warmhearts
On Sunday, Poole reunited with Maurice. After driving around downtown Houston for more than 45 minutes, she finally tracked him down, and surprised him with a backseat full of necessities — on the condition that he continues to sing his “heart out.”
“For real, all of this?” Maurice says in the video.
Watch the sweet exchange (maybe grab some tissues first):
(singing) "Reunited and it feels so goooood…."?? The videos you're about to see are a chopped up version of a longer video (scroll right➡️➡️➡️?). I want EVERYONE to see how powerful God is, and how the simplest things can become the most precious moments to another person. Please know my intent was not for this to go viral. Friday, I DMed and requested from every news station in Houston to help me find him on a touch of hope, since he had been on my heart. @abc13houston was the first to respond and they kept their word. So many, MANY thanks to @abc13houston for finding Maurice (Hill) for me yesterday!! Today, I drove around downtown for what seemed like forever (45 min) until I finally spotted him at the bus station near the @mcdonalds. He was SO excited to see me as I was to see him! We met further down at @stjohnsdowntownhouston. I needed us to be away from any disruptions. Just he and I and the pureness thereof. I had not a single fear in my body. Thats just the power of God's protection and my spirit of discernment. ?? So you better sing your heart out, Maurice!! Yaaaay now its time to #helpmaurice @abcnews @goodmorningamerica @motown #reunited #imsohappy #35forthe35th #godsplan #ordermysteps #wefoundmaurice #thatboycansang #singer #inmyfeelings #itsokaytocry #houstonhomeless #htown #downtownhouston #letshelpmaurice #birthdaybehavior #july #christmasinjuly #