Friday, November 30, 2012

Good Samaritan

Most of the stories you hear on the news these days are pretty depressing, so it was nice to hear this heartwarming story yesterday. A few weeks ago 25-year-old police officer Larry DePrimo was on patrol in Times Square when he came across a homeless man who was barefoot. It was a frigid night and DePrimo asked the man if he wanted he wanted a pair of socks. The man said, "No, but God bless you for asking." DePrimo then went to a nearby Sketcher's store and bought the man a pair of socks and some all-terrain boots. (These weren't cheap boots, either. They cost $100, but when the store owner heard about the situation he gave DePrimo the employee discount, taking the price of the boots down to $75.) DePrimo then went back to the homeless man (who said he'd never owned a pair of shoes before), knelt down and helped the man put the boots on his cold, blistered feet. 

A tourist standing nearby snapped this picture of the act on her cell phone and posted it on the NYPD's Facebook page. The picture went viral and has received hundreds of thousands of likes, shares and comments. 
Check out Larry DePrimo. Kind AND good-looking!
This positive story uplifted me and it's a good reminder to give back and do what Jesus would do. "… Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." - Matthew 25:40


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