Good Samaritans caught in act of kindness

DONATION: Five teenagers, who wore matching T-shirts that read "The 5 Above and Beyond," donate clothing and canned goods to a homeless man near the former Staywell Guam Inc. building off Route 1 in Hagåtña. Photo courtesy of Leslie Travis

It’s not every day an employee glances out an office window to see an act of kindness in progress, but that’s just what happened to local attorney Leslie Travis when she popped into work for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.

While getting some water, Travis looked out her Hagåtña office window on Aug. 26 to see a homeless man who is usually on the premises, except he wasn’t alone.

Five unknown teenagers surrounded the man, and in what appeared to be a random act of kindness, gifted him a sweater, a pair of jeans, a pair of boots, juice packs and some canned goods, Travis said.

The good-willed group, three girls and two boys, wore matching gray T-shirts with red, white and blue lettering that spelled out “The 5 Above and Beyond.”

As they prepared to leave, a couple of the teens shook the man’s hand, or placed a hand on his shoulder, and waved to him again as they got into their car, Travis said.

After the good Samaritans left, the homeless man took two cans out of his goody bag and ate quickly before packing the rest of his gifts and walking away.

“I was happy to see the scene play out,” Travis said. “It felt like a genuine human connection, to treat a homeless person with dignity. I appreciated that.”

A welcomed sighting post-primary election, Travis commended The 5 Above and Beyond and their parents, adding, “We have so much potential to help each other."


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