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Policeman Helps Homeless Man


Blog Posted:12/2/2012 3:37:00 PM



This police officer witnessed people actually laughing at this homeless man before he walked over to him.  That made me cry. It's sad how some people can be so cruel and not have compassion for another.  This article pens the true meaning of Christmas and how mankind should treat one another.  This is so beautiful. 





A photo of a New York City police officer helping a barefoot homeless man on a frigid November night by buying him new boots and socks, has gone viral on the web and captured the hearts of thousands for his random act of kindness.

“The two things that really stuck out in my mind that night was just how cold it was and that this was the most polite gentleman I ever met, and I knew I had to help him,” New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Lawrence DePrimo said Friday on NBC’s “TODAY” show about feeling compelled to buy new boots for a homeless man he saw sitting on the sidewalk near Times Square.

Jennifer Foster, a tourist visiting New York City from the state of Arizona, witnessed DePrimo squatting down on the ground and putting socks and shoes on the homeless man and she said that the “man's face lit up like it was Christmas and like he had been literally given a million dollars," she told the “TODAY” show. Foster, without DePrimo knowing, took a snapshot of the officer's generosity and sent it to the NYPD, which then posted the picture to its Facebook page where it instantly became a hit and has garnered more than 430,000 likes.

"I knew what I was looking at. I knew it was remarkable," said Foster, who has worked in law enforcement for 17 years as a dispatch manager for a sheriff's office in Arizona.

The 25-year-old police officer was on counterterrorism patrol on the night of Nov 14 when he discovered the homeless man who had blisters on his feet. DePrimo said he stopped and asked the man, "'where's your socks, where's your shoes?' He was like, 'It's OK, officer, I never had a pair of shoes.' "

DePrimo then went to a nearby shoe store and bought the man a pair of socks and $75 boots with his own money and said he keeps the receipt as an "important reminder that some people have it worse."

The officer has found his new fame to be “surreal” and “humbling.” “It’s a great experience,” he said. “I think it’s a lot about the people, though, because you see such great comments. People are saying that their faith in humanity is restored and that’s the biggest thing that I can take away from all of this.”


God bless you everyone 

Love Gail


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  1. Date: 12/3/2012 2:05:00 PM
    It's a great thing to realize there are people like this, still out there in our life time...

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  1. Date: 12/3/2012 1:41:00 AM
    Gail just wonderful, well done.....David

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    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/3/2012 8:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks David for stopping by. Wishing you a wonderful day. Hugs always, Gail
  1. Date: 12/2/2012 7:05:00 PM
    I think this is wonderful, but at the same time it is rather sad that people are amazed by one human reaching out to another. This sort of thing should be the norm and not the exception. What a fine example he has set for others. Thank-you for sharing this.

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    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/3/2012 8:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Patricia, I agree what you wrote. I was telling my boyfriend this the other day. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Gail
  1. Date: 12/2/2012 6:22:00 PM
    I saw that Gail really great!! really! Light & Love

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    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/3/2012 8:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Debbie for your input. Have a lovely day. Love Gail
  1. Date: 12/2/2012 4:59:00 PM
    It is so good to see this sort of thing and it melts your heart and makes the tears flow when it happens . It is so sad that he is there shoeless and homeless. We have so much and do nothing but moan about our lot sometimes. This puts things into perspective xx

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    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/2/2012 5:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Mandy, you are so right, we sure have so much and people moan when all they have are blessings. Every winter when its cold outside I think about the homeless and how some of them must be sleeping on park benches with newspapers wrapped around them out in the cold so this blog definitely puts things in perspective for sure.
  1. Date: 12/2/2012 3:44:00 PM
    I seen this story on FB the other day. It is heart warming to know some people still show they care. hugs, catie :)

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    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/2/2012 3:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I hear you. I wish there were more people like him in the world. I know I would help him in a heart beat. Thanks for commenting. Hugs, Gail :)

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