Give a man a shoe...
For one Winnipeg bus driver, random acts of kindness come naturally. On a cold day in September, Kris Doubledee pulled his Route 24 bus to the side of the street, jumped out and gave the shoes off his feet to a barefoot man. Passengers who saw Doubledee's generosity went to the media with the story and within days the driver was fielding calls from major TV networks in Canada and the U.S. When Doubledee gave the man his shoes, he had no idea the story would go viral. "You know, [it was] something I could do. It looked like he needed the shoes more than I did. Anybody would do the same thing," he told CBC. Doubledee said he hoped the gesture would be an inspiration for others to perform random acts of kindness.
Only about a month later, a similar story broke in New York, where an NYPD officer was unknowingly photographed giving another barefoot man a pair of boots. The photo quickly went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of comments on the NYPD's Facebook feed. Further investigation found that the barefoot New Yorker lived in government-sponsored housing in the Bronx and was seen barefoot again just weeks later. Many Internet commenters saw this as an opportunity for cynicism but it's a reminder that more than one random act of kindness is needed to fix issues as complex as homelessness.
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