There are many little things in life that some of us take for granted: running water, food on our table, clothes that fit us, shelter, owning the latest piece of technology … the list goes on.
But for hundreds of thousands across the United States, something we may consider a basic necessity, like properly-fitting shoes, may be difficult to come by.
While patrolling a park on foot recently, a sergeant and officer from the Tukwila Police Department in Tukwila, Washington, came across a young boy “running around in torn dirty socks and bleeding from a decent-sized cut on the bottom of his foot,” they wrote on Facebook.
The two, who have only been identified as Sergeant Modest and Officer Bashful, approached the little guy and cleaned and bandaged his foot.
Their next order of business was finding out why the boy didn’t have any shoes.
“Their new friend told them that he didn’t have any shoes because the pair he had was too small for his feet to fit in,” the department said on Facebook.
So, while Officer Bashful kept the child and his friends company, Sergeant Modest went out in search of a pair of shoes for the youngster.
Sooo…Sergeant Modest and Officer Bashful (names have been changed to protect their bashfulness) were patrolling on foot…
When the sergeant returned, not only did he have a new pair of shoes, but he also brought popsicles for everyone to share.
And while this particular moment is what happened to catch people’s attention, Victor Masters, of the Tukwila Police Department’s public information office, told Yahoo Wellness it wasn’t the first and chances are it won’t be the last.
“The same sergeant, who has been with us for 13 years and got this child a pair of shoes, has done so on multiple other occasions for homeless residents and those in need that he has come across,” Masters said.
According to Masters, “approximately 12 percent of the Tukwila School District’s student body are reported to be homeless,” and he believes it’s due to an increase in the cost-of-living within the past 10 years.
To put that in perspective, for the 2014–2015 school year, the national average was 2.5 percent of all children enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools were considered homeless.
While the reason behind this particular photo is not uplifting, the acts of kindness that the officers perform throughout their neighborhood nearly every day are encouraging.
“A day after we posted this story, another officer spent the majority of his shift helping a homeless resident who in the past has had suicidal ideations obtain an ID card so that he could gain admittance into a homeless shelter that required an ID, and then gave him money out of his own pocket to get dinner,” Masters said.
Since the police department shared the image and heartwarming story, it has received over 250 comments and been shared nearly 800 times.