By Matt Wotus
A homeless man in Phoenix who didn’t have any shoes and was crawling on his hands and knees using just a pair of socks to separate his body from the ground was given relief from the scorching pavement after a good Samaritan stopped to give him a pair of shoes.
David Lee Witherspoon Jr. is the president of one of St. Vincent de Paul’s food pantries at St. Mary’s Basilica, and he was leaving the nonprofit last Wednesday when he noticed the man crawling on the ground. He stopped his car and asked the man what was wrong.
The man told Witherspoon that an argument at his last residence led to him being homeless and he ran out with nothing but the pair of socks. Witherspoon immediately went to his car to grab a pair of shoes to give to the man so he could walk on his feet and feel relief from the hot pavement. The average daily high in Phoenix during the month of June is 104 degrees.
“A lot of people give up on people now and that’s the biggest problem,” Witherspoon told ABC15 Arizona. “I mean, you don’t have to […] empty your wallet or anything like that; just a simple, kind act.”