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Man Gives The Boots Off His Feet To A Homeless Man On The Subway

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Man Gives The Boots Off His Feet To A Homeless Man On The Subway

January 16, 2018


A woman in Chicago riding the subway home last Friday evening witnessed an act of kindness that brought tears to her eyes.


“So I’m headed home on the CTA Redline and there’s a homeless man sitting across from me. He’s older, weathered, minding his own business. His feet are so swollen he’s wearing the tattered gym shoes he has with the back folded down, like slip-ons. I don’t know how many pairs of socks he’s wearing in an attempt to keep his feet warm but there is blood seeping through,” Jessical Bell wrote on Facebook.


“There’s another man on the other side of the doors; he’s younger, carrying a satchel and a suitcase, also minding his own business. He’s wearing a pair of big black snow boots. They look new; they look expensive; they’re built for a Chicago winter.


Quietly, in a blink and you’ll miss it fashion, the younger man takes off the boots he’s wearing and passes them to the old man. He opens his suitcase and gives him a pair of socks as well.”


random act of kindness homeless man
Credit: Jessica Bell / Facebook


“The young man puts on a spare pair of shoes from the suitcase. These shoes are nice too, but not as nice as the boots. They would have fit the old man just as well, but they were not what this old man needed.


He tells the old man to try and clean his feet and to make sure he changes into the new socks as soon as he can and then the young man gets off at 87th.


Those of us who are close enough to see and hear the exchange are floored.


The shoes off his feet.


I love my sh*t-hole city.

I love that in a time and place where hate and apathy are rampant, quiet compassion appears without warning.


I pray that we all are compelled to do similar.

I pray that we all allow empathy to invoke action.

I pray that we never forget that we have always had the power to be a blessing.


I’m inspired to continue to try to ‘be the change’ and I pray you are too.”



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