From oranges to high-fives, goodwill radiates from the street-corner community of Madison and 15th.
As I interview Vendor of the Week David Purnell, people slow their pace to extend hands and words of friendship and affection for him and even for me.
"This is a great neighborhood," he tells me.
Purnell gives his time and heart back to the community in a many-way exchange of compassion. "It's about giving from your heart, from yourself, taking the time to listen to somebody going through problems."
He would like to return to school to listen professionally as a counselor for youth. His goal is to "share my life experience with those that are having a hard time in their lives, to hopefully enable them to make better choices and decisions, and not necessarily make the same mistakes I've made in my life."
Once he has a steady source of income, he would like to ski again. The beauty and exhilaration of the sport draws him: "It's wonderful," he says, "a physical challenge from head to toe."
In the meantime, he participates in mental health support groups, catches one-dollar Tuesday movies at the Gateway in Federal Way, and reads. He appreciates non-fiction: "Something I can learn something from, use later in life."
Working at Real Change has been an education in itself. "You learn to interact with people selling Real Change, how to have a conversation with people."
To his customers Purnell says: "I love you! I love you with all my heart, from the basement of my heart to the balcony of my mind; you guys are great."
He continues: "I can't find the words to describe how good they've been to me."