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Boy, 9, mistook millionaire for homeless man and gave him his last dollar: report

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  • A nine-year-old boy mistook a businessman for being homeless and gave him his last dollar.
  • The businessman, Matt Busbice, rewarded the boy with shopping.
  • Busbice said he hasn’t had this much faith in humanity “for a long time.”

A nine-year-old boy from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, mistook a businessman for being homeless and gave him his last dollar, local news outlet WBRZ reported.

The incident occurred after 42-year-old Matt Busbice hurriedly left his home one morning after hearing a fire alarm.

Finding no fire, he went to a local coffee shop, placed his order and then stepped outside to do his morning prayers, as security camera footage of the incident shows.

When he finished, nine-year-old Kelvin Ellis Jr. came. toward him with his hand outstretched, thinking Busbice was a homeless man.

“I said, ‘Excuse me, sir, are you homeless? Because if you are, here’s a dollar,'” Ellis Jr. recalled. himself, adding that he had always wanted to help a homeless person.

“I had money, it wasn’t that much, but it still helped him get something,” he said.

Busbice told CBS News that he hasn’t had this much faith in humanity “for a long time.”

As a thank you for the kind gesture, Busbice bought Ellis Jr. breakfast. and coffee for his father. He took Ellis Jr. also took him on a shopping trip to his BuckFeather sporting goods store, giving him 40 seconds to choose whatever he wanted, according to the report.

According to WBRZ, Busbice is a millionaire who found success after opening a series of outdoor companies and brands focused on the hunting industry.

“If you give, you will actually get more out of it,” Busbice told CBS News. “As a child I couldn’t understand that. And if we can spread that, everything changes.”

Louisiana has experienced dramatic fluctuations in the number of homeless people in the state in recent years, likely due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Ida in 2021.

From 2020 to 2022, the state experienced the second-largest percentage increase in homelessness levels, up 132.4%, according to the 2022 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress.

From 2022 to 2023, Louisiana experienced the largest percentage decline in the number of homeless, down 57%,