Teri Wilson
September 26, 2015 1:57 pm

A town in Peru is showing the world what it means to take care of its own.

83-year-old Chumán Don Luciano is from the Municipalidad Provincial de Ferreñafe. Like so many people, Chumàn suffers from mental illness. He’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia and, while not technically homeless (he has a family and a home), Chumàn prefers to spend time on the city streets. He’s considered a beloved icon in Ferreñafe, so it was no surprise when the townspeople wanted to help him.

In a touching gesture that showed the true meaning of community, they gave him a bath, a haircut, a shave and new, clean clothes to wear. Chumàn’s transformation is stunning, but what’s even more beautiful is the way the citizens of Ferreñafe came together to care for this man.

The city shared the what happened on its municipal Facebook page, and the response was overwhelming.

Now that Chumàn’s story has gone viral, the Municipalidad Provincial de Ferreñafe says they hope to help more people like him. Municipality spokeswoman Yesenia Abad Cross told Buzzfeed Español, “These humanitarian gestures must continue. Sometimes we are a little indifferent, and forget that they are people like us and need our help.”

We love this. Everyone needs a little help now and then. Why not start in your own backyard?

(All images via Municipalidad Provincial de Ferreñafe on Facebook.)