Kindness Captured in a Photo – A Man Gives a Barefoot Homeless Man His Shoes

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Tampa man gives homeless man his shoes and it's captured in a photoA Tampa man, Oscar Aquino, gave a homeless man the shoes off his feet in a random act of kindness that’s getting wide-spread, and deserved praise online.

Oscar 29-years-old, said he walked out of his store on Wednesday to see a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk. That poor man was eating crackers and sipping a soda.  

Aquino noticed the man’s black and torn up feet, chatted with him for a moment and asked him his shoe size.

Aquino then took off his new Jordan athletic shoes and gave them to the man. He turned around and went back to work, like it was nothing.

That moment was captured by Carla Rose on her cellphone. She saw the two men speaking and, as she watched what unfolded between the two men, she snapped a picture.

Aquino had no idea what Rose had done until he got a phone call…

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10 Facts About Homelessness: Fact 5

There is a common misconception in our society today that homeless people are lazy and/or do not have a job or jobs. This is far from reality. Today, more than ever, we see the working poor being un-housed. They may own a vehicle and have some means, they simply cannot afford housing. We see this on the Peninsula, especially in the summer months when tourists take up housing and cost skyrocket.  

10 Facts About Homelessness: Fact 1

The Huffington Post printed an article about homelessness back in October, 2014. Some of the statistics supplied by HUD, The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) , the University of Pennsylvania and others, are staggering.
They have inspired me to create a series of memes sharing these 10 facts over the next two weeks.

The Rest of the Series
Fact 2 : 1/4 of homeless people are children.
Fact 3: 57,000 veterans are homeless each night.
Fact 4: Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness in women.
Fact 5: Many people are homeless because they cannot afford rent.
Fact 6: There fewer places for poor people to rent than before.
Fact 7: In the past few years, millions have lost their homes.
Fact 8: The government does not help as much as you think.
Fact 9: 1 in 5 homeless people suffer from severe mental illness.
Fact 10:  Cities are increasingly making homelessness a crime.