Thursday, October 14, 2010

Med student, mom spark shoe drive for homeless vets

Great story and will make you stop to think of what you can do too!

Med student, mom spark shoe drive for homeless vets

Moments after meeting a homeless veteran in desperate need of shoes, UCF medical student Reid Green knew what he had to do.

The 22-year-old Venice, Fl., native yanked the Nikes off his feet and handed them over to the stunned ex-military man.

"Are you sure? Are you sure?" the man kept saying.

Green had no doubts.

"He wanted shoes but there were none for him," said Green, who was volunteering at a recent Veterans Affairs-sponsored food and clothing giveaway in Orlando when he noticed the man's plight.

Green's motivation: "He needed them more."

It wasn't a big deal to him, Green said, but he was touched by the man's gratitude.

For the next several hours, Green padded around in his socks, never mind the damp ground.

Green later phoned his mother, Randi, to tell her about his encounter with the veteran.

"Mom, something almost broke my heart today," he told her.

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