Be honest: when it comes to homeless people, how many of us actually take the time to ask them if they need any help?
One six-year-old schoolgirl from the U.S. refused to turn a blind eye recently and revealed a level of compassion that puts most of us to shame when she decided to stop and have a chat with a homeless man.
The girl’s mother, Kenyatta Lewis, posted an account of the brief exchange to her Facebook last week, describing her daughter’s act of kindness.
In the post, Lewis wrote that she and her daughter chanced upon a man crying outside a supermarket one day, prompting the girl to ask her mother why he was upset.
Lewis replied that “maybe he’s just sad”, while her daughter thought that perhaps it was because he was “hot and tired”.
Curious, the young girl approached the man and said: “Hi sir, be happy, it’s a nice day, it’s not raining. Are you hot? Why don’t you go home? The ground is dirty.”
When the man explained that he had no home, she responded with a sad expression, saying: “So that means you’re homeless. So you have no food because you have no refrigerator?”
She then gave him some money and her drink, telling him: “Please go eat. It would make me happy. I like McDonald’s, you should go there.”
This little girl is aweseome. This mom is correct, children ARE the future, and this gives us hope!… https://t.co/uz7ZCpj779
— Greg Chance (@onairchance) July 21, 2016
Upon observing the girl’s kindheartedness, two other people were inspired to come up to the man and give him money as well.
Lewis added that after a short conversation with the man, she discovered that sadly, he was homeless because his trailer had burned down and he lost everything, including his wife.
Still, she said she could tell that her daughter had made the man’s day.
“That gives me a little more hope for the world,” she added.
Many Facebook users left comments on the post, lauding the girl for her altruism and Lewis for raising her well:
At the time of writing, the post had been shared around 127,000 times on Facebook, showing that even small acts can make a big difference.
Image via Facebook.