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Jimmy Fraser was begging for change on the street in Edinburgh, Scotland when he ended up befriending two women who had asked him for directions. They were tourists visiting from Sweden, Annis Lindkvist and her sister Emma.

Fraser, 54, told BBC Scotland: "The next thing I knew I was on a plane to Sweden."

He explains that Lindkvist got him a passport and purchased round-trip tickets so he could spend a week over Christmas in the Swedish town of Sagmyra with her and her husband and three kids.

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Obviously Fraser had some misgivings about flying to a different country to stay with strangers. "Friends said I shouldn't go in case I was hung, drawn and quartered when I got there," he said. "But I thought I'm going to go for it as its once-in-a- lifetime."

It turns out, he made the right choice. Not only was he not murdered, he had an amazing time. "On the plane I was so nervous and was worrying if they would be there waiting for me or if I would be shot," he said. "Instead it was a beautiful experience, the family was tremendous."

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Posted by Ann-Louise Annis Lindkvist on Monday, December 26, 2016

Fraser is a father-of-two and a former security guard who became homeless after a divorce 13 years ago."Being homeless is cold, lonely and depressing and you get a lot of abuse from people," he said.

While in Sweden, Lindkvist and her family took him to an ice hockey match, Christmas markets, to midnight mass, and introduced him to extended family, friends and co-workers.

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She has called him every day since he returned home.

"My mother was crying and crying when he left and my children have been asking every day when he is going to come back," said Lindkvist, 37, who works in a retirement home.

"There is a big place in my heart for him" she said. She described him as "part of the family now" and said she's flying him back again for Easter.

Posted by Ann-Louise Annis Lindkvist on Thursday, December 22, 2016

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"This was an incredible act of kindness and I loved meeting Annis' friends, family and colleagues," said Fraser. "I wish I was there now." He described Linkvist as "such a wonderful, kind and generous person and I wish everyone was like her."

And now I'm crying.

This story makes me feel like Jack Nicholson in As Good As it Gets.

"You make me want to be a better man."
"You make me want to be a better man."
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For starters: here are some ways you can help the homeless.

Sources: BBC