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Foreigner Buys Shoes for Barefoot Filipino Boy, Restores Faith in Humanity

A recent Facebook post that went viral in the Philippines is proving to many that goodness in humanity still exists.

Facebook user Ahyan Yerro posted several photos of a foreigner and a “sampaguita” child vendor who came to their shop one day.

The post reads (translated via World of Buzz):

“This foreigner guy is awesome. He was willing to help out the poor kid by buying the barefooted child a pair of shoes at the store.

“When I asked him, the foreigner guy told me that he saw the poor child selling flower and begging for money at the same time outside the mall. He pitied the child as he was barefooted and was dressed shabbily.

“So, he brought the child to the mall and bought him a pair of shoes. My athlete, Raymond Seneca provided great customer service to them. He measured the child’s foot size and let him chose the shoes that he liked.

“While he was trying on the shoes, I told the child to keep the shoes and thank the foreigner guy because not everyone has the opportunity to be at the receiving end of such blessing. He nodded and said ‘yes’. I smiled and felt happy for him.

“During the transaction, he asked me where can he buy children clothes at an affordable price. So I directed him to the department store in SM Megamall.

“His name is Kris Carroll, I got his name from the receipt after he paid by card. Let’s share this so that all Filipinos can look up to him as a role model.”

Ahyan said that she was surprised when the foreigner, identified as Kris Carroll, brought the barefoot child, who he saw selling flower garlands on the streets of Mandaluyong, to the store to get him some shoes.

Raymond Senaca, another employee of the store and the one who assisted Kris and the boy, said that it was the first time in four years that he has worked there to witness such an inspiring act of kindness.

He said that he noticed how the boy did not know how to tie shoelaces as it was his first time to own a pair of shoes. Seneca added that the boy even lost his balance because he was not used to wearing shoes.

But Carroll’s generosity did not stop there. Ahyan said that Kris asked where he could buy clothes for the boy.

In return, and as a way to repay his kindness, the boy gave all the flower garlands he was selling to Carroll.

More than the new pair of shoes and new clothes that he received that day, Carroll gave the boy something more than money can buy — hope and a wonderful memory that he will surely remember forever.

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