Subway Rider Gives Her Shoes To A Barefoot Homeless Woman

November 19, 2015

Subway Rider Gives Her Shoes To A Barefoot Homeless Woman

Recently, a 26-year-old hedge fund assistant named Kay Brown was on a New York City train when she saw a homeless woman walk through the subway car. Kay looked down at the woman’s feet and was stunned — she had no shoes, no socks. Not to mention the fact it’s November and it’s getting colder outside.

Kay was on her way home from work at the time. But without hesitation, she asked the woman for her shoe size. It turned out to be a size seven, the same size as her own. What happened next became an unforgettable moment between a homeless woman and a kindhearted stranger who made a surprising decision that most wouldn’t dare to make.

Now, her story is going viral, and it’s something everyone should see…

“A homeless, mentally handicapped women got on the subway BAREFOOT. No socks, shoes or anything. I asked her what shoe size she wore and we were the same.”

“I gave her the shoes off my feet and they fit perfectly. She couldn’t have been more gracious.”


“So I stood on the subway for 15 min in my mixed matched socks, then right before I got off the subway, a gentleman offered me an extra pair of socks to go over top of my small thin ones. You see, I can buy another pair of shoes tomorrow. And he probably has plenty of socks at home.”


“It’s the middle of November and she has nowhere to go, so the least I could do is give her a pair of shoes. So, I walked 6 blocks home in socks getting strange looks and comments made about me… but now she’s able to wear a pair of shoes each day and suffer a little less.

Pay it forward, y’all.”

At first, Kay wasn’t sure about posting her photos online, because she didn’t want the attention. But she ultimately decided to share it so others can be inspired to be kind to those who need it the most. Please SHARE this story with your friends on Facebook!

The article was originally published by on November 18th, 2015.

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