It's always nice to come across the story of a good hearted person helping out another. But I have to admit, it adds a little something extra when it happens around the holiday season. According to the USA Today, a photo of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation. The NYPD posted the photo of Officer Lawrence DePrimo kneeling to help the man put on the boots to the department's Facebook page. By Thursday evening, the photo had been shared more than 140,000 times, "liked" more than 420,000 times and received 31,000 comments. Jennifer Foster of Florence, Ariz., says she was visiting Times Square with her boyfriend on Nov. 14 when they saw a shoeless man asking for change. As she approached the man, she said a police officer came onto the scene. Foster, a civilian dispatch manager with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, took a photo and forwarded it and a note to the NYPD. "Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, 'I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let's put them on and take care of you.' The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer's name. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared."
Heart warming, isn't it? And a nice little reminder how a little act of kindness can make a huge impact in someone's life. Pay it forward....Happy Holidays!