This is the heartwarming moment a Minnesota woman took off her favorite purple sneakers and gave them to a homeless man who was using cardboard boxes as makeshift shoes.
Ta Leia Thomas, aka “Ace,” saw the man who had no shoes rummaging through the trash while working at the Brooklyn Center liquor store.
After seeing him limping around with a box on each foot, she immediately presented him with her prized Nike Air Jordans—representing the Minnesota Vikings, her favorite soccer team.
The team is aware of the story and are looking for a way to celebrate their generosity, Kare11 News reported.
“I see his feet and automatically took off my shoes,” Thomas told CBS News.
Ta Leia Thomas, aka “Ace,” a clerk at the Brooklyn Center liquor store, saw the man who had no shoes struggle as he hobbled around with a box on each foot before giving him their “cherished” ones. Jordans near the store presented entrance
“I was always taught to help others,” said Ta Leia Thomas. “You never know what their problem is or what they’re going through”
The event was captured by the store’s security camera.
Visibly touched by the woman’s kind gesture, the man eagerly accepted the donation and told her, “No one would ever give me shoes like that.”
Thomas partially replied, “Well, I’m not everyone.”
“I didn’t take care of the shoes, I took care of him,” she later told Kare11 News. “He didn’t know me, I didn’t know him. I just thought it best to give him something he might need, so I accepted.’
Thomas added that she was “always taught to help others. You never know what their problem is or what they are going through.”
When the store’s manager, Tom Agnes, found out about the friendliness of his staff, he said: “You know the old saying, you take your shirt off. She literally took the shoes off her feet.
When he saw Thomas in socks helping customers, he ran and bought them a new pair of shoes.
He also posted about the moment on Facebook, which garnered hundreds of cheers, likes and comments.
‘This is a true example of empathy, compassion and holiday cheer. We can all appreciate a story like this during the holiday season,” it said in part.
“We applaud Ace for her selflessness and willingness to help those in need!”
The exterior of the Brooklyn Liquor Store in Minnesota
“I wish I could have a dozen aces on staff,” said Tom Agnes (pictured), operations manager at the Brooklyn Center Liquor Store
Still looking to replace her beloved Nike Air Jordans, Agnes and a few industry friends got together to raise $450 for Thomas.
But before she bought the sneakers, the store manager realized that what she actually needed was a bed for her mother.
He learned that her mother was all she “has” and that Thomas sleeps on the floor so her mother can have the bed.
Agnes said, “I’m like, ah. We don’t need to get Ace a pair of shoes, we need Ace a bed. So I gave her cash instead of shoes to get mom a bed.”
“I wish I could have a dozen aces on staff,” added the store operations manager.
https://www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com/uncategorized/liquor-store-worker-gives-sneakers-to-homeless-man-using-cardboard-boxes-as-shoes/ A liquor store employee gives a homeless man sneakers that use cardboard boxes as shoes