Diner Sprints Outside After Noticing Detail About Stranger
Kristin Danley 5/24/2018
Craig Wells was out on the town for a tasty noodle dinner with his family at Wagamamas when he spied something unsettling through the restaurant window outside. He just couldn't continue enjoying his meal until taking action.
There was a man walking down the street who was disheveled, seeming hopeless and lost. But there was one detail that really stood out to the dad.
Craig couldn't help but notice that the man was walking around without shoes on his feet. Not only that, his toes were hanging out of his worn socks. Despite being in the middle of eating with his family, Craig felt compelled to help.
He later wrote on Facebook:
"Immediately I ran outside to catch him."
Craig approached the man who's name was Mark. After exchanging introductions, Craig discovered that Mark did not own a pair of shoes - although he wanted some. He simply walked around in his socks.
Craig asked him what size shoe he wore. It turned out that Mark wore the exact same size he did!
"Coincidence ... I think not."
So right there in the middle of the sidewalk, Craig pulled off his shoes that happened to be his favorite pair and handed them over to Mark. Stunned by the gesture, Mark began to cry.
"(He) gave me the biggest hug saying how nobody has ever been so kind."
After putting the shoes on, Mark continued crying. They parted ways and Craig returned to dinner with his family, albeit shoeless.
When Craig and his family left the eatery, Mark was still lingering outside, so they embraced again. Craig made sure he had suitable shelter for the night, then reassured him that he was loved, and that his family would be thinking of him and praying for him.
"We got emotional and parted ways. I then proceeded to walk around Nottingham with just my socks on..."
Craig shared his encounter with Mark on social media in the hopes that others would "step out and help someone in need." He made sure others knew he wasn't seeking praise for his actions, but instead encouraged others to offer assistance to those in need, too.
"What I do want is people to recognize that love is the greatest gift we have been given. It was given to us freely and freely we should give it away."
The dad ended his Facebook post on the following bible verse:
"ACTS 3:6 ..But Peter said, "I don't have any silver or gold for you. But I'll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ."
What an incredible act of kindness that hopefully leads to more.