Arizona homeless man crawling on ground gets shoes from volunteer

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An Arizona man saved another man from the scorching heat, by giving him the shoes off his feet.

David Lee Witherspoon Jr. was leaving the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry he is president of in downtown Phoenix when he saw a man crawling on the ground. Witherspoon told KNXV, “I stopped my car. I didn’t even pull over. I just saw him right away, so I got out and I asked him, ‘sir, what’s wrong?’”

The man was on his hands and knees, with socks covering his hands to protect him from hot pavement. He told Witherspoon he had an argument at his last residence and was rendered homeless. He forgot to grab shoes on his way out the door. The socks which had been on his feet were now protecting his hands.


Witherspoon, who carried around extra shoes for the many jobs and activities he went between, pulled out a spare pair and gave them to the man. He described himself as “kind of like Mr. Rogers”. He said “so, I had a lot of shoes that day.”

Witherspoon told ABC, “a lot of people give up on people now and that’s the biggest problem. I mean, you don’t have to… empty your wallet or anything like that; just a simple, kind act.”

Besides serving as president of the food pantry at St. Mary’s Basilica, Witherspoon works full-time at Phoenix Veteran Affairs.