HOUSTON (CNN) — A woman thought she was just doing a good deed when she bought food for a homeless man.
Then he thanked her with a song that left her wanting to find him again.
Cristala Poole’s 35th birthday plans fell through this week.
But instead of sulking, she decided to focus on others by doing “35 random acts of kindness.”
Paying for someone’s gas, covering a woman’s bus fare, and then delivering a meal to a homeless person.
That brought her downtown and led her to Maurice.
“God told me that that was him,” she said.
But what Cristal didn’t know was that Maurice had a surprise for her.
“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday young lady.”
She left after the song but only got his first name.
She now hopes to reconnect and see if there’s more she can do.
“I want to know this man’s story. How did he end up on the street? No one knows that this man can sing.”
She posted the video online and many have shared their admiration for the silky smooth voice hidden somewhere on the streets of Houston.
It’s also a reminder that sometimes the best gifts come from taking a moment to stop and truly connect with a stranger, who you may otherwise pass right by.
“This is like the best birthday present ever. For my 35th.”