A homeless man in Lower Manhattan, New York, who was given a pair of shoes by a stranger—a jogger passing by him on Sunday, Aug. 18, has now been offered a job.
A video was posted to Twitter showing a man dressed in a red shirt and dark shorts giving his shoes to a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk.
“It was 9 a.m. in the World Trade Center area. I watched as a jogger took off his sneakers, gave them to a homeless man, and walked the New York streets barefoot,” the caption reads.
It was 9am in the WTC area, I watched as a jogger took off his sneakers, gave them to a homeless man, & walked the NYC streets barefoot.
“Our character is what we do when we think nobody is looking.” ❤️ pic.twitter.com/LT9dnMdHo0
— Antonella212 (Instagram) (@NYorNothing) August 18, 2019
The homeless man, identified as 30-year-old Joe Arroyo, said he couldn’t believe it.
“I never thought somebody would come out and take their shoes off and just give them to me,” said Arroyo.
Arroyo said that he was willing to work and open to any opportunity offered to him.
Andrew Zurica, the owner of Hard Times Sundaes, saw the TV piece and wanted to help Arroyo. The two men met for the first time and Zurica offered Arroyo a job on Thursday, Aug. 22. Zurica told Arroyo he would be happy to have him work in one of his three restaurants.
“I was in a hole,” Zurica said, according to WABC-TV. “I didn’t want nobody to pick me up out of the hole. [All] I needed somebody to do is just throw a ladder and I would climb out myself. This [is] the ladder. … This is more than a blessing right now.”