LAS VEGAS, Nev. — He’s a United States Army veteran who served six years before an honorable discharge.
Alan McCracken is now homeless.
Magician Rob Anderson said he’d heard about the man, who was known as a “nice guy” who just wanted to make people smile, even if they didn’t give him any money.
Anderson says he found him on the street, to see if he was as nice as everyone said.
In a video posted to YouTube, McCracken is shown holding a sign that said: “Homeless…anything helps.” Anderson took the sign and a magic marker from the man and drew dollar signs on.
Then, Anderson ripped up the sign.
The vet asked if he could keep his magic marker to make another sign.
What happened next is both heartwarming and amazing.
The YouTube video has gotten over 1.7 million views since it was posted Oct. 1. Since, Anderson has set up a GoFundMe page, aiming to raise $10,000 for McCracken — money that will help house, feed and clothe him for three months until he can start a new life and get back on his feet.
Anderson wrote on the GoFundMe page:
“Since filming the video, I have located Alan again and gotten to know him. Alan is just as kind in person as he appears in the video. He can often be seen in downtown Las Vegas with a large sign that says “SMILE”, just trying to bring a smile to strangers’ faces, even if they don’t give him any money. After speaking with Alan, he told me “I’m not out here to fill my pockets… I’m out here to fill my soul. The Lord will provide what I need”. Alan does not do any drugs, and is proud to tell you about overcoming alcoholism much earlier in life. He would love to find a job, but as he explained to me, it’s difficult to find a job when you don’t have a home to clean yourself up in, or a decent change of clothes to wear. If there’s anyone who would be deserving of assistance to get back on their feet, it is Alan McCracken.”
For the GoFundMe page, click here.