A Kentucky teenager gave his shoes to a homeless man, in a selfless act of kindness. Thousands of people on Facebook liked the photo of him donating his shoes to a homeless man.
The selfless act happened on Labor Day when Laron Tunstill (nicknamed Ron Ron) decided to go do outreach for homeless people, along with colleagues from PurpMe, a local non-profit. The project aims to teach communities to help one another- according to the official website.
Founder of the group Jason Reynolds pointed out that Tunstill and himself went out with soup and bread to spread good vibes throughout the neighborhood.
When they encountered a homeless man with old shoes with holes in them, Ron Ron took off his own shoes and gave them away.
The homeless man’s shoes were without soles and his toes were touching the ground. This impressed Ron Ron and he decided to have a conversation with the homeless person. The two talked about how difficult life was for the homeless man, who went through suffering and hurt.
Turnstill had his own struggle. He grew up in a bad part of town where shootings happened all the time. He was affected by the rough neighborhood, in the sense that he had a more disrespectful side and he went into all sorts of troubles because of his behavior.
Now, he progressed to helping other kids. He is passionate about change and inspires others.
The photographed moment of kindness has gone viral, leading to many shares on Facebook, in under a week.
Reynolds wants to show that this is part of a bigger initiative to decrease violence and pessimism in the community.
The Purpme teams were created to replace the gang violence on the street with community gatherings and love. Although
it’s a poor community, they try to do their best with whatever they have. They started an uplifting movement which looks encouraging and spreads the love.
Tunstill is a Christian faith follower and this encourages him to keep fighting for himself and others.
The change in Turnstill’s behavior is a testimony to the fact that many young people can achieve progress and become better people if they are guided properly.
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