A Hooters waitress and makeup artist was pulling into work earlier this month when she spotted a homeless man sitting outside of her restaurant. Rather than leave him be, she decided to bring him inside and buy him a warm meal. Then he did something that she’ll never be able to forget.
In a now-viral Facebook post, Morissa Pena explained that when she first approached the man, he didn’t exactly seem too happy; however, she was determined to do something nice for him. She prodded him to see if he was interested in a meal, then they ended up going inside where she paid for him to eat whatever he wanted, and what happened after is rather touching.
Her post reads in its entirety:
“Today when I pulled into work, I happened to glance into my rear view mirror and notice this man sitting on a curb across the street. His name is Rick.
I walk up to him and ask if he’s okay…he barely mumbled a “no” and looked down and started sobbing. I asked if he was hungry…he said “very.”
I helped him off the ground and linked his arm with mine. I introduced myself to Rick and explained that I worked here at Hooters and we would be happy to have him. I sat him down and told him he could order whatever he wanted, on me. Another table bought him a dessert.
He was so grateful…he told me he was here from Ohio and had been hit by a car, and he couldn’t go to the hospital because he didn’t have even an ID.
He showed me his necklace, it has Phillipians 4:13 engraved on it. He was telling me how it was the only thing he had. We cried together.
He finished up his meal and told me he would never forget my name, my face, and how I had given him hope again. I asked if it was okay if we took a picture together, he was delighted. He even pulled out a small comb and combed his beard for our picture…so cute!
As he goes to leave, he takes off his necklace and hands it to me, and told me he wanted me to have it.
I was speechless. I still am.
This man gave me the only thing that had any value to him. That is a debt I will never be able to repay. I will never forget Rick and the few moments we spent together.
Please, remember to be kind. Remember to help where you can and to do it selflessly. If you can, share this as a reminder, and also so more people can send positive thoughts towards Rick and the other homeless people who need it.
Have a wonderful rest of your day.”
Isn’t that incredible? While this story isn’t exactly politically related, it’s definitely a testament to the human spirit and how even a seemingly small gesture can mean the entire world to someone, which I’m sure we can all relate to in one way or another.