I met Mike one day about a year and a half ago while driving through Kensington doing some outreach. A young man was OD’ing and we used narcan to reverse the opioid overdose. Mike was close by and come over to see if he could be of assistance. After a few minutes the man started to breathe again and eventually opened his eyes. We helped him to his feet, explained what just happened and gave the man some water and he sluggishly staggered off. Mike and I sat and chatted for a while. He told me about what brought him to the streets and how his life used to be to where it is now. He was very open with me about things. I asked him what one thing he would want to make life easier on the streets for him. He said sneakers. He really needed some good footwear. For a while Mike disappeared and resurfaced months later. He explained he was in jail and finally got into a room in a house. Not a nice room, but it’s better than the streets at night. He still works the stoplight at Lehigh and Kensington and he still doesn’t know much other than the life he’s grown accustomed to on the streets. I kept a pair of sneakers in the car for the last month waiting to see Mike. Finally the other day we connected. He saw me and came running towards my car yelling, “Britt, Britt — I got a phone now! Next step is a job maybe. How are you?” I smiled and said I was well and opened up the back of my car and pulled out these size 11.5 sneakers and his face lit up. He was all smiles from ear to ear. He grabbed the sneakers and stared at them for a bit and then tried them on. A small tear formed in his eye as he looked at me and grinned as he took them off and said, “These are so comfortable. They look so cool, too. Thank you so much, Britt. They may be the nicest things I own at the current moment.” With that he smiled some more and slid the sneakers back on his feet and stared at his feet for a little while. After some more brief conversations, Mike and I shook hands and agreed to catch up sooner than later. All it takes is a simple gesture of kindness and compassion to make someone else’s day!