Michael Faling from Spokane, the father of a then 12-year-old son, was just trying to be a good father. But when he lost his job and his apartment, it all went downhill.
Michael and his son, Cory, stood before their demise. They were completely desperate and clueless. No relatives or acquaintances could take in the two, not even the local homeless shelter had space for them.
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Both were forced to live in the forest for a few months. The caring father was completely desperate — how was he supposed to send his son to school without anything to eat?
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They managed to barely survive. They ended up in separate homeless shelters and Cory had to learn to fight to be able to survive on his own. His father Michael knew that something had to change quickly.
"My son thought that no one liked us," said Michael, since no one offered to take in the two.
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He learned about an organization that helps homeless people like him to find apartments. Yet, as often the case, many of these apartments were so rare that there were always very long waiting lists.
Michael gave up hope that their situation would improve — but then a small miracle happened: a woman contacted him. Her name was Mel Wood and she owned a small business.
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Six years prior she had lost her husband — he had died from heart disease and since then she had lived alone with her children and their dog, Moses.
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When she heard about Michael and Cory's terrible fate online, she showed how big her heart was. There was room for two more in her house, so she invited them to live with her until Michael found another job. Many thought she was crazy for doing such a thing, but Mel said that since her husband died she didn't fear anything anymore.
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"I believe that when things are hard for someone, it helps to pick them up," said Mel. And then she added this wonderful sentence: "When you have more than you need, don't build a big fence but a huge table!"
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Cory was finally able to go to school and Michael no longer needed to live in the forest. "My son believes in humanity again," he said thankfully.
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Thousands heard of Michael's fate around the world. They donated money to help the single father and Mel was convinced that her guest would be back on his own two feet again in no time.
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This story shows that the generosity of one woman could save two lives at the same time. If this selfless act of charity also touched you, like it did thousands all over the world, then share this unbelievable story with everyone that you know.

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