This 99-Year-Old Man Is A Beggar In Bulgaria. The Reason He Begs For Will Melt Your Heart
To the unfamiliar passerby, Dobri Dobrev may come off as a haggard beggar who depends on the kindness of strangers to get by in life
But, for the residents of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dobrev is nothing of the sort
Rather, the area’s fixture has been called a "saint" and a "divine stranger," according to a website dedicated to him
Dobrev lost most of his hearing during World War II. He lives more than 15 miles outside of Sofia, a distance he used to trek by foot, but he now relies on the bus
He spends his days asking people for money, but he doesn't keep a cent
Dobri lives off of his monthly pension of 80 euros (about RM362) and gives all his donations to institutions that are most dear to him: churches and orphanages
Last year, Reddit user Nullvoid123 wrote on the site that he has met Dobrev a number of times and that the beneficent man said:
He has made a number of generous donations throughout the years to churches. One of his largest gifts has been to the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
He has also been known to give money to orphanages to help them pay their utility bills. Some call him "The saint of Baylovo", his place of birth. And, this year he will be 100 years old.
As one might expect, he is cherished by everybody. They call him "Dyado Dobri" (Grandpa Dobri) and become to represent the good that can be done in the most selfishness way possible.
"The good will is just and true. Everything in it is good," Dobrev said in the film "Mite," which was produced in 2000. The following clip includes a segment about Dobri:
"We must not lie, nor steal, nor commit adultery. We must love each other as God loves us."