Heartfelt note to homeless man a timely reminder

The staff from PowerMax Computers in Lismore found this note on the bench outside their store this morning and posted the act of goodwill on Facebook. Photo Contributed
The staff from PowerMax Computers in Lismore found this note on the bench outside their store this morning and posted the act of goodwill on Facebook. Photo Contributed Contributed

UPDATE: THE writer of the letter of goodwill that was left, with a bag of food, next to a sleeping homeless person last night, has been named.

Vanessa Rogers, who you may know as one half of the No Frills Twins, wrote an email to The Northern Star today, to say that it was their elder sister Esther who wrote the note.

"I just stumbled across the photo of the anonymous letter that Northern Star posted on Facebook. The person who wrote the letter is my big sister, Esther Rogers," Vanessa wrote in her email.

"My twin sister (Arna) and I were competing in the 'Lismore Young Songwriters Competition' last night, in which our big sister, Esther Rogers, come along to support."

"We went out for a late dinner and on our way back to the car around 11pm, as we were talking about how cold the night was, we spotted a man sleeping on the bench outside of PowerMax with nothing but a hat over his face."

"We felt it was a contradictory moment that minutes ago we were able to grab ourselves a meal and were headed home to a warm and comfortable environment, while this man had no choice but to sleep on a hard wooden bench in the middle of town."

"Our big sister suggested we return home to collect a bag of food to leave for the man. We gathered carrots, lollies, chips, bread and other baked goods left over from her work at 'Brumby's Bakery'."

"Our big sister, Esther, often leaves bags of unsold bakery goods on benches on her way home from work, hoping it'll find its way to someone less fortunate."

"Esther wrote a small letter and tied it onto the handle of the plastic bag. We quietly placed the bag of food on the bench at his feet, trying not to wake him up."

"Esther wasn't looking for any kind of recognition, but is glad that her random act of kindness if helping to raise awareness of homelessness in Lismore."


ORIGINAL: WITH all the doom and gloom across the globe, one random act of kindness can provide a welcome ray of sunshine.

Case in point: an out-of-the-blue, helpful gesture from one stranger to another.

Alex Clarke discovered a note outside of his business, PowerMax Computers, in Lismore about 8.30am this morning.

"To: The man sleeping on the bench with the hat," the note began.

"I left you a bag of goodies from my work that was left over today (+ other bits).

"Love, Stranger :)."

The note was posted to Facebook by Mr Clarke and then shared by Mayor Jenny Dowell.

Mr Clarke said the note "made me feel pretty good - all warm and fuzzy".

He hoped it raised some awareness about homelessness in Lismore.

"We do occasionally see people sleeping in the street, so it was nice to see someone care," he said.

"I posted it on Facebook and it's got people discussing homelessness in Lismore, which is great."

Cr Dowell said the note almost brought tears to her eyes.

"I've had a bit of a rough morning, nothing specific, but I thought 'how negative is the world'? And then I saw this," she said.

"They didn't even want the homeless person to know their name. It truly is a random act of kindness.

"I hope the man found the bag of whatever it was and I hope it was a message to that person that people care."

Cr Dowell said the note is an emotive reminder for communities to look out for each other.

"I never want to be mayor of a community where someone dies alone," she said.

If you know who penned the compassionate note email The Northern Star at

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