NYC Officer Gives A Homeless Man A New Pair Of Boots

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Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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If this doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will. All it took was one good deed from NYPD officer Larry DePrimo to get the attention of America.

Officer DePrimo was working on a cold New York night when he saw a homeless man sitting on the curb with no shoes or socks and blisters the size of his hand on his feet. He asked the man if he would like a pair of socks. The homeless man replied with “No thank you but God Bless You”. Officer DePrimo was so shocked and impressed by the mans kind words that he was inclined to take matters into his own hands.

He walked into a nearby Sketchers store where he spoke with the store manager about buying a pair of boots. Offier DePrimo ran back outside to get the mans’ shoe size, a 12. The store manager gave the officer his employee discount and officer DePrimo walked out of the store with a brand new pair of boots. He handed the boots to the homeless man and the man looked at him, smiled from ear to ear, told him “God bless you” once again and told the officer to “stay safe”.  A tourist from Arizona happened to catch the moment and snapped a picture which she later forwarded in an email to the NYPD. The NYPD put the photo on their facebook and it quickly gained ten’s of thousands of comments sending the photo viral.

One of the comments says, “In a time when our hearts are in despair and we are bombarded with bad news it is the human spirit and acts of kindness who really define who we are. God Bless”

All it took was one 25 year old officer with a heart of gold and one act of kindness. Officer DePrimo keeps the receipt from the boots in his bullet proof vest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=s-1v5fP3jkk

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