A man who was forced on to the streets with his heavily pregnant wife after losing his job has been heartened by donations from people who read a Sunday Morning Post story about their plight. In the past week, readers called the Post asking how to contact the Chans to donate cash, winter clothes, baby clothes and groceries. Mr Chan and his wife took shelter at a playground in Victoria Park in August after they were forced out by their landlord for failing to pay rent for three months. They thought about ending their lives, but decided to carry on for the sake of their baby. Mr Chan, 35, had been unemployed for nine months at the time. They went on welfare for one month and settled into a bedroom soon after their week spent living on the streets. One caller was Dorothy Thomson, who wanted to send them groceries. 'It just sort of struck a chord really ... the thought of wanting to commit suicide. I just thought that if I could, I'd like to help,' she said. There were others who called and wanted the address to mail baby formula, diapers and clothes. Another donor wanted to give his winter clothes to the couple. One reader sent a $500 cheque to the Post, which was forwarded to Mr Chan. Then there was Mr X, an anonymous man who donated $9,990 to the couple's bank account. 'He didn't want to use his name,' Mr Chan said. 'He only said 'Merry Christmas'.' Mr Chan was fired from his job as a driver last Wednesday after failing his probationary period. He and his wife have used some of the money from Mr X to buy winter clothes. The rest will be used to carry the family over until he finds a new job. 'When I did the interview I didn't know I would get such responses,' Mr Chan said about the newspaper article. 'I guess this is the real Christmas present.'