SCHUYLKILL COUNTY -- John Towey had seen the man he knows as "Malcolm" for about a decade walking around the Schuylkill Mall.
It wasn't until a few years ago he decided to introduce himself.
"This is a guy that I saw in need and certainly he can be me or one of my neighbors in the same position," said John Towey of Gordon.
Towey tells Newswatch 16, Malcolm usually calls the outside of the Schuylkill Mall near Frackville.
He is well known throughout the area, especially at this pizza shop inside the mall.
"I see him all the time and I mean he seems like he doesn't give up. He's really strong," said Tim Sylha, Suglia's Pizza.
In 2014, Towey stepped into help Malcolm.
Instead of exchanging presents with his wife, they pooled their money and got him a room at a hotel in Frackville for three nights during the holiday.
This year, Towey wanted to do something more for Malcolm. By putting the call out for help on Facebook, it got hundreds of people sending in donations going far beyond what he ever imagined.
"I guess it went viral. Again I didn't exactly know what I was doing but I'm learning a lot as I go along. I had hoped to get him 10 days and I said now we are well over 60 days," said Towey.
A kind gesture that received some very positive feedback and a lot of help for Malcolm including gift cards for food, two months in a hotel, and a trip to the eye doctor for glasses.
"He said why do all these strangers help me? And I simply told him Malcolm they are not strangers they are just simply friends you haven't met yet and there has been a multitude of friends he hasn't met yet," said Towey.
Towey hopes to get Malcolm more long-term care and is still looking to the community for support.
If you'd like to donate to Malcolm, click here.