A Teenage Girl From Russia Saves a Homeless Man, and Her Kindness Inspires Thousands of Internet Users

3 years ago

Every day we hear heartbreaking and shocking stories that leave us feeling sad and devastated. No wonder why some people think that kindness is just a relic of the past. However, there are still some good people in the world, and they make it a little bit brighter every day. One of these people is Violetta, and she sets an example for all of us.

At Bright Side, we truly believe that the world is full of kind people and their stories deserve to be heard.

This is Violetta.

Violetta Nikolskaya is from Perm, Russia. She is 18 years old, and she’s just graduated from high school. Violetta wants to be a physical education teacher.

This is Anatoly.

Anatoly was just an ordinary working-class man who lived in a cozy apartment with his mother and wife. His mother passed away, and in 2004 so did his wife. After these tragic events, Anatoly’s nephew moved in with him, but very soon he put his uncle on the street with no help or support. The nephew told Anatoly that he met a nice girl and he wanted to start a family with her, so they didn’t have any room for him.

For 3 years, Anatoly has been living in a very old and badly maintained hut because it was the only place he could afford to rent with his pension. But this building became a target for demolition, and the old man ended up on the street once again.

How they met

In July 2018, Anatoly had a stroke. Some stranger saw him lying in the bushes and called an ambulance. After a 7-day treatment, doctors said that he was ready to leave the hospital. Anatoly told them that he had no place to go, but in response, he heard, “It’s not our problem.”

Later that day, Violetta was walking with her friends when she spotted Anatoly sitting all alone outside the house next door. She came to him and started a conversation. The man told the girl his life story.

“Is there a reason for me to live at all?”

The day Anatoly met Violetta he was thinking, “Is there a reason for me to live at all?” He was desperate and had no hope for the future. Whether it was destiny or just a happy coincidence, that day changed both of their lives forever.

Violetta was deeply touched by this old man’s story, and she immediately wrote a post on Instagram asking for people’s help. With the help of thousands of Internet users, Violetta rented an apartment for Anatoly and bought him everything he needed including new clothes, food, medications, a smartphone, etc.

It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning.

Now Anatoly lives in a warm and clean apartment and Violetta visits him almost every day. She understands that it’s a life-long commitment, but she is excited to take care of who she calls, “Uncle Tolya”. They are planning to undergo a full medical examination to make sure that Anatoly’s health is good. Violetta is also helping Anatoly to renew his pension.

Anatoly is very optimistic about his future now, and he is beyond grateful to Violetta for what she did for him. As soon as he fully recovers from the stroke, Anatoly wants to take Violetta on a small trip or go fishing.

Not every adult would do what Violetta did for a complete stranger. Her pure heart and infinite kindness give us hope that the world is full of amazing and caring people. We all can learn a lot from this teenage girl.

When was the last time you’ve helped a stranger in need? Do you have any more inspirational stories to tell us? Let us know in the comments below!


Well.. Im literally living to help ppl, thats my life mission. I still have one very bright case, something I did for homeless dude. It was November 2013. Location - Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Yeah, Im proud Bulgarian :) So I was waiting for the train time to come for me to depart, going elsewhere. There was about 1-2 hours left time. Had nothing to do so I decided to call a friend, to meet and spend some time. Somehow I found her and went to her place. Had no weed, at least some beer. Alright....but the beer soon was over, gone. Had almost no money left and headed to get some more beer with what I had left. And there I saw a homeless guy with holding a small puppy, begging for some money. Everyone else was, of course, passing around him like he was never been there, never existed. So I momentally had that decision - went to the nearest pet shop (good it was really near, cuz the puppy was a baby) and bought two pouches of Pedigree junior. Then I headed to the pizza place and bought two pieces of pizza for that dude. THEN, at last, I went to get some beer. What happened next warmed my heart. Went back to that homeless dude and gave him the pizza and opened one of the pouches. It was hard for him to hold his tears. Well...its the same for me now, even after so much time.. Had a short conversation with him and then, at last, I got back to the friend's place with the beer. It costed me like 10 mins or so and about 3-4 Bulgarian leva, which is half in Euro (for example). But there are things that you cannot buy with money... :)
The last time I helped a stranger is yesterday. I came to a restaurant for my breakfast and I saw a lottery ticket seller. He did not approached to me cuz he did not think a young girl like me will buy lottery ticket. I called him and ask: " Could I buy some tickets?". He walked toward to me. While I was choosing the number I want, I was seeing him looked at my food. And then I ask him that he wanted some food. He said " I had already but if you can give me some money for my lunch. I just sold 1 tickets so far'. I almost cried and said nothing, opened my wallet and give him some money. And I also bought more tickets then I thought at the begin. I know it was just a small story and my help was nothing but I still want to share.

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