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Homeless Man Sings To Non-Verbal Girl Outside Shelter

A sweet moment shared between a young South Carolina girl and a homeless man has captured the hearts of millions.

Nevaeh, from the city of Columbia, has Down syndrome. Her mother Kimberley said the little girl is usually non-verbal -- but she opened up when she was scooped into the arms of the man outside a shelter last week.

The man, with long dreadlocks and a beard, showed off his beautiful voice as he sang 'I Understand', a gospel song by Grammy-winning US singer Smokie Norful, in a video captured by Kimberley and posted on Facebook on January 26.

In the clip, which has racked up more than a million views, Nevaeh tries to sing along with the lovely song, harmonising as the man performs for the camera.

"Wow! I woke up this morning and saw that our video has almost reached a million views!" Kimberley wrote on January 31.

"Thank you so much for all the love and support! My mission today is to go find this precious soul and show him all the love he has received! Your comments alone are going to fill his heart with the hope he needs and he is going to be deeply humbled by this!"

Nevaeh and Kimberley

The family managed to track the man down a few days later, as he and Nevaeh spent a little more time together.

"He was in shock and he read the comments with a big smile on his face!" Kimberley wrote.

"You all have given him so much hope today... I can't tell you how full our hearts are! His smile said it all! And each time he passed me he said "a million views?" He has been in shock!"

The heart-warming encounter has brought a smile to many people online.

"Such a wonderful man. His voice is amazing!! And what an adorable little girl," one person wrote.

"I just want to say Thank You for posting the video of your Gorgeous Daughter and this Gentleman. It really filled me with Joy and Hope," another said.