So many kind deeds go unnoticed and so much generosity goes unseen, but when it gets captured on camera, you can be sure we’ll do our best to share it with y’all. Here we have an officer who didn’t realize an onlooker had snapped a photo of him helping out a barefoot homeless man—and she mistakenly assumed he was there to tell the homeless man off.
In July 2016, Jenny Crider, of Mesa in Arizona, shared on Facebook about how she went out to collect her mail one day when she noticed a police officer driving up. He came over to talk to a man who comes by her complex “a few times a week collecting cans to earn money from recycling them.”
“I honestly thought he was going to ask him to leave and stop going through the trash,” Crider wrote.
The officer, Kent Green, proved Crider wrong, as he was just worried for the man’s safety and told him to get out of the dumpster.
“We’ve had some deaths from people either falling asleep or camping out in a dumpster, or behind, and then the garbage vehicle comes out and it can end really badly,” Green explained to Runner’s World.
When Green was about to leave, he noticed that the man could do with a new pair of shoes and asked if he wanted to try a pair on.
Green proceeded to grab a pair from his patrol car, which the man then tried on.
His actions were captured on camera by Crider, who took to Facebook to write that this “gives me hope in this world.” The Mesa Police Department later reposted Crider’s story on the department’s Facebook page.
One of our community members snapped these photos of Mesa Police Officer Green giving a pair of shoes to someone in…
The police department’s post explained that Green is a “competitive runner” who gave away his old running shoes that he wore for only a short while.
“Shoes that you and I would wear for a year, he can only use for weeks or months depending on the miles he puts on them,” the post explained. “The shoes are like new when they are past their competitive life. Just to give back, he keeps several pairs of shoes in the car while on patrol. If he finds someone in need and the shoe fits…”
Green said that many other police officers had quietly done similar acts of kindness as well, just they weren’t captured on camera.
“[Some] pack hygiene kits, they’ve bought hotel rooms for families, they’ve bought food, baby supplies,” Green said. “It’s endless what goes unseen.”
He hopes that his actions will show the community what officers do in addition to their regular duties.
“I just hope [this] brings a little positivity to police and what they do behind the scenes every day, every night,” Green said. “It’s not particular to Mesa, it’s not particular to Arizona. It’s everywhere.”
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