LAS VEGAS — Alan McCracken served in the United States Army before being honorably discharged. He’s also homeless in Las Vegas.
Magician Rob Anderson said he had heard about McCracken, who was known as a “nice guy” who just wanted to make people smile, even if they didn’t give him any money. Anderson set out to see if that was true.
In a video posted to YouTube, McCracken can be seen holding a sign that says “Homeless … anything helps.” Anderson took the sign and with a magic marker, drew dollar signs on it.
Then he ripped it up. McCracken didn’t freak out but asked if he could keep the magic marker to make another sign.
But then Anderson did something amazing — and heartwarming.
Anderson has also set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising $10,000 for the veteran to help house, feed and clothe him for three months until he can start a new life and get back on his feet.
Wrote Anderson wrote on the GoFundMe page:
“Since filming the video, I have located Alan again and gotten to know him. Alan is just as kind in person as he appears in the video. He can often be seen in downtown Las Vegas with a large sign that says “SMILE”, just trying to bring a smile to strangers’ faces, even if they don’t give him any money. After speaking with Alan, he told me “I’m not out here to fill my pockets… I’m out here to fill my soul. The Lord will provide what I need”. Alan does not do any drugs, and is proud to tell you about overcoming alcoholism much earlier in life. He would love to find a job, but as he explained to me, it’s difficult to find a job when you don’t have a home to clean yourself up in, or a decent change of clothes to wear. If there’s anyone who would be deserving of assistance to get back on their feet, it is Alan McCracken.”