Looking at the number of negative news and bad things happening out there it has happened a lot of times that we have commented, “we are done with humanity!”, or “looks like there is no hope left”.However, let’s take a break and appreciate this heartwarming gesture of a man from Chicago.

For us, the arrival of winter means good food, warm blankets and trendy clothes collection, however, the same is not the case with many homeless and needy people. According to a news report published a few days back, in Delhi and UP alone, around 80 people have passed away due to the cold this winter. The least that we can do is to help as many people as we can by donating woolen clothes to them in our personal capacity because every small step counts!

Here we have a similar story from Chicago, shared by Jessica on her Facebook wall, where she has described how a young man donated his snow boots to an old homeless who was wearing only torn shoes and as many socks as he can, to avoid the cold.

The story has now gone viral on Facebook and rightly so, people from all over the world are appreciating the gesture of the young man.Read the heartwarming story narrated by Jessica here

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.

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.

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 shit-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.

UPDATE: I gave the young man my card and told him how blessed I was just witnessing his heart. So now we can put a face and a story to this inspiration.”

Truly, an inspiring story which is contagious as well!

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