NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo bought boots for a homeless man in Manhattan one cold night this month.
The image was posted on Facebook where it has received 260,000 likes.
A tourist from Arizona took the photo of Deprimo giving the homeless man socks and boots to help him through the cold night.
When asked why he did this, DePrimo said, “I had two pairs of wool winter socks and combat boots, and I was cold.” When he saw the shoeless man on the sidewalk he offered to get him socks and shoes.
The man said he’s never had a pair of shoes, according to DePrimo.
The 25-year-old officer went to a Skechers store and paid $75 for insulated winter boots and thermal socks. He went back to help the man put the shoes on.
“He smiled from ear to ear. It was like you gave him a million dollars,” DePrimo said.
He didn’t think much of his generosity. But when he went home for dinner that night, his friend sent him a text saying the image of him helping the shoeless man has gone viral.
The image has been shared 47,716 times and the NYPD’s Facebook page subscribers has grown from 7,000 to 95,000.