"When he's with me, I tend to get a few more dollars, and when he's not with me — like yesterday — I didn't get nothing at all."
That's what Miguel, a man struggling with homelessness, explained to NowThis when they asked him about his relationship with a musician named Chris Leamy. While Leamy was going home one night with his guitar in hand, he ran into a homeless woman who said that she'd make a lot more money if she had one of those, pointing to the instrument.
That exchange inspired the musician to use his talents for good by playing music next to homeless people to help them make some extra cash. From there, the #HePlaysWithMe hashtag was born.
Leamy's goal is to bring awareness to the damaging stereotypes and stigmas homeless people have to deal with each day as they struggle to get by. Thanks to social media platforms like Twitter, he's doing just that.
— Amy (@swingbatta) August 21, 2016
— Casandra Moreno (@Casandratweets) August 21, 2016
— Landis Wiedner (@BillieTopanga) April 22, 2016
Check out the video below to learn more about Chris Leamy and this incredible project.
For more details, head over to the musician's website. You can also follow him on Twitter for regular updates!
If you'd like to help Leamy continue doing such great work, you can make a donation here.