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First off..the precision of the filming was not the focus of my trip, instead what I was focusing on, was the 10 homeless people I helped yesterday outside of Love Park in Philadelphia. After I handed out backpacks, jackets, pants, socks, and shirts, I took the 4 men I met out to eat. I asked them where they would like to go, and they insisted on McDonalds. We walked in, and even though these men were all homeless, they retained their dignity and only asked for one thing off the menu, and I refused to let that happen. Finally after breaking the ice, the requests started to pour in "three Big Macs, a McChicken, a large fry, and a vanilla ice cream cone" one of them said. With four men fed and very content, we sat down to enjoy, all of them smiling and curious about who I was, they began asking me questions like "why would you do this for us" and "Usually the younger people are the meanest to us". After hearing their stories, I realized all of them had families, but all of them were also drug addicts and alcoholics. I asked the first man I met, Jeff, how he got the scars on his head and arms, and he said "I was sleeping outside a bar one night, when all the guys inside came out drunk, and thought it would be funny to beat me up, that was a low point in my life, but now I have got you". Then, another one of the guys turned to me and said "today I am happy without being drunk or high, all due to you". Word must of spread, and a few minutes later, two more homeless people came into the McDonalds. A younger woman offered me a handful of condoms in exchange for a dollar so she could buy a sandwich, and instead, I told her to keep the condoms and I would buy her as much as she wanted, and she comfortably fed herself and her friend. After everyone had eaten and smiled, and tried on all their new clothes I had given them, we all got up, hugged each other, and said goodbye. As corny as this sounds, this whole experience was very moving to me, I didn't go through a shelter, I didn't volunteer, I was getting nothing out of it but the joy it brought me by seeing their smiling faces. Never underestimate how good giving back makes you feel, because I spent about $75 dollars, to make the lives of 10 people extremely happy. Soon I hope to venture back to love park, and maybe find my friends their again, and spend a day with them, photographing life from their perspective, and creating a book out of it, how do you think that sounds? Please, share, post, like, comment and show this to everyone you know, and maybe someone will do the same thing that I have done.