The man gave up his shoes

VANCOUVER — A bus driver has had his faith in people restored after witnessing a rider wearing plastic bags instead of shoes given a surprising gift this holiday weekend — a stranger’s own shoes and socks.


The “soul-touching” interaction Saturday on the No. 341 route,  a Coast Mountain Bus Co. driver of 16 years who was off-duty at the time while returning from Surrey B.C.’s Vaisakhi parade.

“It made my heart melt,”  “He just took his shoes and socks off and said, ‘You can take these, don’t worry about me — I live close by and can walk.’

“People usually don’t care or even look at other people on the bus, they didn’t even want to sit beside this guy because of how he was dressed.”

The recipient was “shocked” by the gift and afterwards remarked, “What a nice guy… Did that really happen?”


Source: Toronto Sun

21 thoughts on “The man gave up his shoes

  1. Many time the small things make a big difference, not only to the person in receipt of the act, but for the person performing the act as well as those who witnessed it. Thanks for sharing.


      • Just out of curiousity Seeker, if you were on that bus how do you think you would have responded to witnessing such a kind and selfless act?


      • Good question, LaTrice. When I ride the bus, I normally sit by the window where the man is sitting. If not on the empty seat across him. In my mind and heart, I would be praying a prayer of gratitude for both men. For the giver for his generosity and for the receiver for his humility to accept. I would be making a conversation to the receiver. I love watching this acts of kindness while I commute to work. And for the witness, the courage of letting us know what he had witness. Thank you for asking. Blessings.

Please share your reflection. Thank you.

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