Doug—aka "Dougie"—has been a staple in downtown Peterborough for many years, a kind and generous homeless man who has endeared himself to so many adults and children with his smile, kindness and gentle manners.
Which is why a Facebook post by Peterborough's Samuel Milne resonated with so many who know of and love Dougie. In the May 29th post, Milne said, "Yesterday I ran into some luck. So I thought I would pay it forward and give Doug some luck too. This guy is an absolute beauty and makes me smile everytime I see him I hope he enjoys his 50$."
This was the post that is getting hundreds of shares...
Milne tells PTBOCanada what prompted his kind gesture:
"My whole family grew up in Peterborough and for the last 14 years I have always seen Doug around town asking for change. I have just always wished I could do more for him and others in his situation. So I have been really thinking of ways to help out more and get others to do the same.
The day I gave Doug the money, I had received a large amount of money myself that I wasn't expecting and I was in the best mood ever. So when I saw Doug at the corner with a big smile on his face, I thought, I'm going to make Doug have an awesome day, too! I shared the picture on Facebook to maybe spark some more people to do the same type of things around Peterborough and help out the community!"
Read all the amazing comments on the post about Dougie on Milne's 21 Jump Streets post here.