Chicago Man Takes Off Shoes, Gives Them to Homeless Man Who Had None

January 16, 2018 Last Updated: January 23, 2018

An Illinois man is being praised after taking the shoes off of his feet and giving them to a homeless man who had was struggling with his own pair of run down shoes.

The act of kindness has caught fire on social media, with many sharing the images that were taken when the scene unfolded on a train that was traveling from the airport to the South Side.

Maurice Anderson had left the airport and was traveling to his daughter’s house when he spotted the man.

“I looked down and his shoes were off, one of his socks was bleeding through,” Anderson told WLS-TV, reported ABC.

“I asked him what size shoe did he wear. He was like, a 12. I myself was a 12, so I said here you go.”

Anderson had an extra pair of shoes in his suitcase, which he then put on.

Jessica Bell was riding the same train when she noticed what was happening.

She wrote on Facebook that the homeless man indeed was having severe trouble keeping warm with only socks on.

“His feet are so swollen he’s wearing the tattered gym shoes he has with the back folded down, like slip-ons. I don’t know how many pairs of socks he’s wearing in an attempt to keep his feet warm but there is blood seeping through,” she said.

“There’s another man on the other side of the doors; he’s younger, carrying a satchel and a suitcase, also minding his own business. He’s wearing a pair of big black snow boots. They look new; they look expensive; they’re built for a Chicago winter.

“Quietly, in a blink and you’ll miss it fashion, the younger man takes off the boots he’s wearing and passes them to the old man. He opens his suitcase and gives him a pair of socks as well. The young man puts on a spare pair of shoes from the suitcase. These shoes are nice too, but not as nice as the boots. They would have fit the old man just as well, but they were not what this old man needed.”

Bell said she was inspired by what Anderson did, a sentiment echoed by people responding to the post.

“We can all learn from that young man,” said one Facebook user.

Added another, “Nice to know there are a few good people out there still.”