Man buys Christ­mas gifts for home­less

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY PEOPLE - — AGEN­CIES

A US man dubbed “The Ran­dom Al­tru­ist” made Christ­mas for some home­less peo­ple when he bought presents for them last week. The good Sa­mar­i­tan had asked each home­less per­son what they “re­ally, re­ally wanted for Christ­mas” and then went ahead and bought the items. Their choice of presents varied from a jumper to a burger to a box of ce­real, with one man even ask­ing for a cal­cu­la­tor. Upon re­ceiv­ing their gifts, many burst into tears and some even broke out into a cel­e­bra­tory dance. “While most of us want the best phone or the big­gest TV for the hol­i­days, there are a lot of peo­ple out there who just need the ba­sics like food and cloth­ing,” the al­tru­ist wrote on his YouTube page. “So this year, in­stead of shop­ping for peo­ple who al­ready have a lot ... I de­cided to spend my money shop­ping for peo­ple who don’t have much at all.” Cana­dian pop star Justin Bieber spent Christ­mas teas­ing fans with his im­mi­nent re­tire­ment from the mu­sic busi­ness, post­ing mixed mes­sages over his Twit­ter feed. The tweet to the 19-year-old’s nearly 48 mil­lion fol­low­ers read: “My beloved beliebers, I’m of­fi­cially re­tir­ing.” But it was quickly fol­lowed by another mes­sage: “I’m never leav­ing you, be­ing a be­lieber is a life­style.” And then: “I’m here for­ever.” The tweets came on the eve of the Christ­mas Day re­lease of the lat­est film chron­i­cling the life of the Baby singer called Justin Bieber’s Be­lieve. The “re­tire­ment” mes­sage went out on the night of Christ­mas Eve and by the fol­low­ing morn­ing had nearly a quar­ter mil­lion retweets and more than 185,000 fa­vorites. The Vat­i­can will take on the Church of Eng­land in a game of cricket, nearly 500 years af­ter the two Churches split. Last Oc­to­ber, the Vat­i­can formed the St. Peter’s Cricket Club, a league com­posed of teams of pri­ests and sem­i­nar­i­ans from Catholic col­leges and sem­i­nar­ies in Rome. The best play­ers formed a Vat­i­can team, called the “Vat­i­can XI”, and re­cently chal­lenged the Church of Eng­land to form its own team of Angli­can pri­ests and sem­i­nar­i­ans to play in Lon­don at Lord’s, the home of cricket, next Septem­ber. Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury Justin Welby, head of the 80 mil­lion strong world­wide Angli­can com­mu­nion, ac­cepted the Vat­i­can’s chal­lenge last week. The Angli­can side will put to­gether a sim­i­lar team of am­a­teurs from Lam­beth Palace, the res­i­dence of the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury and nearby the­o­log­i­cal schools.

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