Shoes are a necessity nowadays, for walking, or running, or practically anything at all. And we are pretty lucky to live in a society and country where most people can take a comfortable pair of shoes for granted. Unfortunately for those unlucky few, it still remains an elusive luxury.
Not many people understand that, or care. But one compassionate and kind high-school student did. And not only did he make a profound difference in a homeless woman’s life, he also gave her the best birthday present she had received in a long time.
Connor caught sight of a homeless woman wearing baseball cleats.
In late September of 2017, Sabrina Laffan, of Sacramento, CA, received a call from her teenage son, Connor. He was feeling ill and wanted to go home early. Laffan agreed, picked him up from school and took him to lunch.
But on their way back to their home from school, Connor saw a homeless woman pushing a cart full of her possessions down the street. What particularly stood out to him was that she was wearing baseball cleats. He had seen her many times before, but today he noticed her shoes and felt a deep compulsion to do something about it.
“Ma, did you see that? She’s wearing baseball cleats as shoes,” Connor said according to a Facebook post written by his mother. “I just wish I made enough money to be able to buy a pair of comfortable shoes for everyone I see that doesn’t have shoes. She literally walks all over every day and that’s what she’s walking in. Baseball cleats.”
The woman was a local fixture in their neighborhood — but no one bothered to help her.
Connor pressured his mother to go to a local sporting goods store. There, Connor spent a week’s pay just to buy this woman a new pair of sneakers, boots for the winter, and a six-pack of socks as well.
When they were done shopping, they set out to look for the woman one last time. It was not difficult to find her.
“She was so happy.”
Laffan parked alongside the woman, and Connor jumped out of the car with his gifts. They exchanged a few words, and the woman was so moved that she gave Connor a hug.
His mother was touched by the exchange and decided to snap a photo.
But when Connor got back in the car, she realized that there was more to the story than she had realized.
“Ma, today is her birthday,” Connor said according to a Facebook post written by his mother. “She was so happy.”
Not only did Connor do a good thing for this woman, but he gave her a very special birthday gift, too.
“He took basically one week of his pay and unknowingly made this beautiful lady’s birthday special – all because he cared.”
For Laffan, her son’s kindness and conscientiousness inspired her to tell his story on social media. His act of kindness was touching, but what moved her even more was that he alone went out of his way to make this woman happy — only he had cared.
“This kid goes to school, plays football and works six hours per week,” Laffan wrote in a Facebook Post. “He took basically one week of his pay and unknowingly made this beautiful lady’s birthday special – all because he cared.”