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8 heartwarming stories of people helping the homeless that went viral

INSIDER Logo By Talia Lakritz of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 9:  Over  half a million people were experiencing homelessness in the US in 2017, according to a report from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. That's 12% more people than the previous year. There are organizations such as shelters and soup kitchens to  help homeless individuals get back on their feet, but sometimes a human connection sparks a viral moment that can change someone's life. Here are nine heartwarming stories of people who helped someone in need - and the chain reactions that their acts of kindness created.

Over half a million people were experiencing homelessness in the US in 2017, according to a report from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. That's 12% more people than the previous year.

There are organizations such as shelters and soup kitchens to help homeless individuals get back on their feet, but sometimes a human connection sparks a viral moment that can change someone's life.

Here are 8 heartwarming stories of people who helped someone in need - and the chain reactions that their acts of kindness created.

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