For decades now, Hearts for the Homeless has made it our mission to recycle old clothing and utilize donations to help feed as many people in need as possible. We pride ourselves on being a force for good for the homeless and struggling individuals of Buffalo and WNY. Coming from the reality of being homeless, our leadership understands exactly what it’s like to come from living off the street, and the mental tests that come with living on the street. There are a lot of people out there who just need a little bit of help to get over the edge and turn their lives’ around.
If you haven’t heard, Professional boxer Tyson Fury recently experienced the biggest event of his boxing career, squaring off against the WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. The match ended in a draw, with Fury almost symbolically getting up against the 10 count in the final moments of the 12th round.
Why is it symbolic? Because Fury has been fighting with mental health issues for several years now. He has recently overcome his own struggles, and has dedicated himself to inspiring others. Having been through depression and suicidal thoughts in his past, he’s made it his mission to help others who suffer from mental health issues.
Just last week he told the Irish Mirror that he will be donating his purse from the fight, an estimated $10 million, to give back to building homes for the homeless and giving light to struggling individuals.
“I’m going to give it to the poor and I’m going to build homes for the homeless,” Fury said. “I don’t really have much use for it, I’m not interested in becoming a millionaire or a billionaire. You can’t take it with you so I might as well do something with it and help out people who can’t help themselves.”
He mentioned that this had been his plan, but after seeing the culture of homelessness in California, where he stayed for the boxing match, he has even more motivation.
“There are a lot of homeless people on the streets here, more than I’ve ever seen ever in my life. I’m staying in downtown LA but if you go five minutes down the road there’s like – I don’t know- thousands of homeless people. I’m just an outsider with an opinion buy it’s a situation that is happening all over the world, especially in the UK as well.”
Here’s Tyson Fury following the match, giving some inspirational words on his personal duty to help individuals understand that no matter where they are in life, they can turn it around, with the right help.
It’s truly inspiring to hear a man who overcame personal struggle, and using his platform to help inspires others to help do the same. So many individuals battle internally, live on the street, and struggle to get their lives back together. You never know how much just a little donation could mean when it starts recycling down the line to helping to feed the homeless. There are so many ways you can help the cause, right here in Western New York.