You may have seen the photo. A New York Police officer was recently captured by a tourist from Arizona (then posted the photograph to the NYPD’s Facebook page) giving a brand new pair of boots and a pair of warm socks to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square in a picture that perfectly captures the holiday spirit. It has now been viewed more than two million times and attracted more than 20,000 comments.
The officer has come forward and is talking about the experience. He’s 25-year-old Lawrence DePrimo of Long Island. He joined the police force two years ago and he still lives with his parents. DePrimo found out the man wore a size 12 and went into a nearby shoe store and bought him some all-weather boots for $75. Skeechers gave him an employee discount ($25 off of $100 cost).
Why did he buy the boots? “It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man’s feet. I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold,” told The New York Times. Jennifer Foster’s, who works in an Arizona sheriff’s office, wrote on the social networking page, “The officer helped the man put the boots on and watched him go on his way.”
“You’ll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our Master said, ‘You’re far happier giving than getting.’ ”The Message, Ac 20:35. Why not help someone today. Keep your eyes sharp and your heart open – the person you can best help may work in your office or live on your street. Have fun!
To watch the video click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBLfsRGzWJw