For this poor street kid, compassionate help came his way through a truly heart-touching gesture of an anonymous man—who has indeed set a beautiful example for the rest of us!
One day in March 2017, a mall in Manila was about to close when a foreigner and a poor street boy entered the Nike store. The kind man was looking for a pair of shoes for the poor boy, who was walking with bare feet, and he asked the child if he would like to choose a pair of shoes for himself.
Fourteen-year-old Warren chose a pair of cool running shoes, which just happened to be on sale, and they got a 40 percent discount. His face lit up when he put on his new pair of running shoes. However, he was afraid at first to wear them for fear of them being stolen.
Warren was often seen selling Jasmine flowers near the store and lives in Pasig City, which has now become part of Metro Manila.
This beautiful life-inspiring act was captured in photos by the store’s assistant supervisor, Ms. Ahyan Yerro, who shared the good deed by posting the story on her Facebook profile.
The foreigner approached Ms. Yerro to ask for assistance in selecting the right pair of shoes for the little boy.
“Sabi ko pa sa bata habang suot nya ang sapatos na napili nya, ingatan mo yan at magpasalamat kay sir kase hindi lahat nabibigyang ng pagkakataon na mabigyan ng shoes na ganyan. Sagot nya, ‘Opo ate.’ Napangiti ako at natuwa para sa kanya,” Yerro wrote in the post.
(“I even told the child while he was wearing the shoes he had chosen, ‘Take care of them and give thanks to Sir, because not everyone is given an opportunity to be given shoes like those.’ The child replied, ‘Yes, older sister.’ I smiled and was happy for him,” Yerro wrote in the post.)
“Nagulat ako,” Yerro told ABS-CBN News. (“I’m surprised!“) “First time kong makakita ng foreigner na may kasamang street kid.” (“First time I see a foreigner with a street kid.“)
Ms. Yerro and her staff assisted their customer gladly. “Talagang VIP treatment po kami, we made sure na talagang makakapili sila,” she said. (“Really gave them VIP treatment, we made sure they actually got to choose.”)
“Tuwang-tuwa kami para sa bata,” Yerro quipped. (“We are very excited for the kid.“) She said the foreigner bought food for the young boy and asked where they could buy new clothes.
One of Yerra’s staff members, Raymond Seneca, said he often saw the boy trying to sell Sampaguita (Jasmine flowers) and asking for small change outside the mall. Then he met this kind foreigner, who out of the goodness of his heart felt compassion for this boy. He even bought the flowers that he was selling.
Another person, Mara Karmela, a government employee, who was also inside the store, captured the photos of this rare moment of kindness in action. According to Karmela, a lot of people were staring at the boy when the two entered the store. “The boy was very shy and did not speak much while inside the store,” she told ABS-CBN News.
Karmela said she almost cried after seeing the relief on the boy’s face of having shoes on his feet. “I was having a bad day at work. And all the crazy things going on. It was really a good reminder to not give up,” she added.
In a Facebook message sent to Yerro, the foreigner thanked her. “I was shown your post today and saw a lot of people liked and shared it. Thank you for writing what you did, it was very nice,” he wrote.
ABS-CBN News tried to interview the foreigner, but he did not want to be interviewed due to “his work schedule and limited time.” He also said that his deed has already received enough publicity to encourage others to do the same.
“This is how we can make the world a better place,” he said.
Walked into a Nike store on my way home. Saw the sales people having their photo taken with a foreigner. I was looking…