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Public plea for bus driver 'Paul' to come forward after heroic act of kindness

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
AnneMarie McDaniel
AnneMarie McDaniel

A search is underway to find a bus driver who bought a new coat for a homeless man in an amazing act of kindness.

Student AnneMarie McDaniel took to Facebook to tell the story as it unfolded as she made her way home from St Mary's College in Belfast.

She wrote: "I get the same bus every Tuesday and there is always a homeless man that we pass. Today he was standing in the pouring rain, drenched to the skin in just a short sleeved t-shirt. My heart went out to him.

"The bus man driving the 10H that I was on stopped the bus beside the man, and called him over.

"He then handed him a big red plastic bag, and told him that he was hoping to see him today - as he'd bought him a winter coat.

"The man refused to take the bag, but the driver was adamant that the man take it as he had gone out and bought it for him."

AnneMarie's story went viral on social media, overwhelming the 19-year-old with friend requests and positive comments.

She told the Belfast Telegraph: "I get the same bus every Tuesday and there is always a homeless man that we pass. Today he was standing in the pouring rain, drenched to the skin in just a short sleeved t-shirt. My heart went out to him.

"The bus man driving the 10H that I was on stopped the bus beside the man, and called him over.

"He then handed him a big red plastic bag, and told him that he was hoping to see him today - as he'd bought him a winter coat.

"The man refused to take the bag, but the driver was adamant that the man take it as he had gone out and bought it for him."