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An Act of Kindness: The Homeless and the NYPD

November 29th, 2012. Filed under Social Good

Update: The police offer we’ve written about below is Larry DePrimo who said, when asked about his generosity, “I didn’t think anything of it.” Let NYPD officer DePrimo be a gracious example of what we should strive for in this world.

Acts of kindness happen every day. Here is one that we came across from the NYPD Facebook page. Check it out:

Jennifer Foster of Florence, AZ was visiting Times Square with her husband Nov. 14 when they saw a shoeless man asking for change. She writes,

“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.”

Consider what small thing you can do today that may help someone and make a difference. Have you done your good deed already? Tell us what it is. We would love to hear from you.

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