Sometimes, the smallest act of kindness can make the biggest impact.
Case in point: Earlier this week, a Chicago cop was taking his lunch break at a local Chipotle when he saw a homeless man digging through the trash cans outside, looking for food.
The officer, Sergeant B. Hagarty, asked the man through the window if he was hungry. When the man answered that he was, Sergeant Hagarty invited him in and bought him lunch.
A fellow patron named Rachel Mitchell witnessed the heartwarming encounter. Mitchell was so touched, she later shared the story on Facebook, where it garnered more than 22,000 likes in a matter of days.
To help a person in need is in our nature as humans; it's something that most of us wouldn't think twice about doing. In doing so, Sergeant Hagarty not only helped the man he fed, but helped to shed light on the ways in which our actions can leave a lasting impression. And, it brought attention to the ever-present problem that is poverty: Thousands and thousands of people go hungry each day, and an act of charity, no matter how seemingly small, never goes unappreciated.
Not everyone is as kind; not everyone would help. But this touching story serves as a reminder that, no matter how ugly the world is at times, there are still good people. Be one of them.
Read Mitchell's post, quoted on the Chicago Police Department's Facebook page, here.