While at dinner with her boyfriend at a restaurant in California, Carmen noticed something that touched her heart. A homeless woman was sitting inside at a booth, quietly asking customers if they could spare some leftovers. The sight of this touched Carmen, whose heart poured out for the woman. While everyone else in the restaurant ignored her, Carmen knew she had to do something.
So she told her boyfriend that if the woman asked for her leftovers before they left, she would hand them over. As fate would have it, the woman soon asked Carmen if she had any food to spare. "Not one person said yes, they all ignored her and threw it away, it broke my heart," Carmen wrote. "I have been volunteering with the homeless now for many years… they don’t repulse me or make me sick to my stomach. I hold them all with so much love."
On their way out, Carmen looked for the woman and gave her the leftovers from her meal - a chicken strip and a few fries. That's when she felt that something just wasn't right. "I felt like a horrible human being feeding her my leftover chicken strip… she deserved so much more… so I bought her a whole meal… she deserved to eat a hot meal," she wrote. She also asked the cashier not to throw the woman out of the restaurant as soon as she was done eating.
As she handed the woman the meal, she expressed "pure, real gratitude."
"That hug she gave me was like a hug I had never felt… those tears she shed were felt deep in my heart," said Carmen. "I held her tight and let her let it out. I wasn’t repulsed by it. I just held her. And that is a moment I will never ever forget. So, next time you judge a homeless person, think twice… not all of them are homeless because of a drug addiction or because they are lazy."
Inspired by her example, many other commenters also shared their own similar stories. "Many people these days are one paycheck or two away from being homeless," one commenter wrote. "To pay for this woman's meal is a true expression of love and compassion. Something we could all take some time in our busy lives to express for those less fortunate."