Update: The photographer of the photos originally posted in this article asked that they be removed. He told TheBlaze that he after posting the photos he gave it further thought and decided that they could be seen as exploiting the couple when his intent was only to inspire people. The story below is unaltered aside from having the images delete at the photographer’s request.
Ken wore a new suit, Charrolette a new dress. They went out for a night on the town to celebrate. It was their anniversary.
The couple living in Seattle had been married for 14 years. They got a hotel room and had a steak dinner.
For many, this might sound like just another night jazzed up to celebrate another year, another special occasion. But it was more than that: it was a first.
Ken and Charrolette are homeless. They live in a tent city in Seattle and this was their first ever proper anniversary celebration, according to a group that helped organize their night out.
An outreach group that visits Seattle tent cities once a month learned the couple was approaching this milestone and decided to put something special together for them. What happened afterward was a spiraling of support for the couple everywhere they went.
“[…] we got them a reservation at a beautiful hotel downtown,” the user going by Need2throw on the photo-sharing site Imgur wrote. “We put a few hundred dollars on their tab for wine and food throughout the night. When we arrived, and the front desk attendant heard their story, they immediately upgraded them to an amazing suite.”
Dinner was booked at a Brazilian steakhouse buffet.
Need2throw wrote that the couple said they hadn’t eaten like that in years. What’s more, the steakhouse allowed them to pack to-go boxes.
Even though they live in the city, Ken and Charrolette don’t usually venture far from their tent city, the Imgur user wrote. For Charrolette, it was her first time exploring Seattle, so they stopped to have their picture taken at a couple landmarks.
“The smile on their face the whole night can’t be explained with words,”Need2throw wrote.
On Reddit, many commenters thanked Need2throw for sharing the story.
“A food donation can feed the hungry, but someones kind act can heal a broken couples hearts, and remind them that someone cares for them,” BadgerPuncher wrote. “With tears in my eyes, thanks for doing this. Ill try and do something nice for someone tomorrow. It wont be as big as this, but it will be something to brighten someones day!”
This, Need2throw wrote, is exactly what he and the group he volunteers with are trying to do.
Need2throw did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for more information on this touching story.