Teenager prays with homeless man, gives him his shoes
A picture of a West Louisville teenager praying with a homeless man after giving him the shoes off his feet has gone viral.
A non-profit organization called Purpose, Inc., or Purpme, spent their Labor Day feeding the homeless, and one teenager took it to the next level and gave a man his brand new Air Jordan 11's.
14-year-old LaRon Tunstill told WTOC he was just doing what God said.
"Love one another," he added.
The group is helping start a church called True Believers in Christ in a "tough neighborhood" with big problems.
That's where Jason Reynolds, founder of Purpme, told WTOC he met LaRon.
"PURP stands for people uplifting real people and it's also short for purpose," he said "Everybody has a purpose."
He said LaRon, who goes by Ron Ron, was "wild" at first.
His mother, Camille Carter, told WTOC that a few years ago, Ron Ron was a troublemaker.
"Every day," Carter said. "We see shooting. Kids robbing people, kids breaking in and vandalizing. It's a lot right where we live."
Ron Ron wanted to go in a different direction. Now, he spends his time helping others -- and literally letting them walk a mile in his shoes.
When he met the homeless man, Ron Ron asked if he could say a prayer.
He noticed the man had ripped shoes, and without hesitation, he took off his brand new sneakers.
Then he noticed the ripped shoes on the man's feet. So without hesitation he took his off brand new Air Jordan 11's.
"At first he was like 'no I can't take these because these are too expensive' and I told him, 'take it, because it's what God wanted me to do,' so I told him to take it from me," Ron Ron told WTOC.
He said he's just trying to do right.
Since then, someone has donated a new pair of shoes to Ron Ron.