Man With Bags on His Feet Gets a Kind Gift From a Stranger on the Bus

Men's ShoesA bus driver in British Columbia says his faith in humanity is restored after witnessing a good Samaritan bestow an anonymous act of kindness to a stranger with bags on his feet instead of shoes.

Surjit Singh Virk has been driving for the Coast Mountain Bus Company for 16 years, but was off-duty on Saturday when a fellow passenger on the bus approached the unkempt man with a gift -- the shoes and socks off his own feet. Singh Virk called the interaction "soul-touching."


“It made my heart melt,” he said. “He just took his shoes and socks off and said, 'You can take these, don't worry about me -- I live close by and can walk.' People usually don't care or even look at other people on the bus, they didn't even want to sit beside this guy because of how he was dressed.”

The gifter was reached by phone, but asked not to be identified. Because of his Islamic faith, he wants the charitable act to remain anonymous. He humbly brushed it off, saying, “I felt bad for the guy ... he was wearing plastic hairnets on his feet. I was only about a two-minute walk from home, so I thought I could give him my shoes.”

It was more than a two-minute walk home barefoot though -- shoes aren't exactly cheap, and he didn't loan them to the man, he gave them to him. No questions asked, just here you go sir, and have a nice day.

This generous guy was on his way home from the mosque, where spokesman Mufti Aasim Rashid commented, “Whenever we do a good deed, even if it's to help someone out, the Islamic teachings maintain this should remain only for the pleasure of God ... it's nice to see people practicing the teachings … it looks like he's really benefited.”

The recipient was reportedly "shocked" by the kindness. After the exchange, he said, “What a nice guy ... Did that really happen?”

It seems it did, sir. I hope the gift brought warmth to his heart as well as warmth to his toes.

Would ever consider giving the clothes off your back (or shoes off your feet, as the case may be) to someone in need?


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