The story behind this photo acts as a reminder that there are still kind people in the world that are willing to go out of their way to help others.
Carmen Mendez stopped for fast food with her husband on Thanksgiving Day, and was immediately moved by the treatment a homeless woman was experiencing in the restaurant. She shared her post to social media, and it has been shared now over 90,000 times.
I debated posting this picture but considering that today many of us are gonna be thankful for what we have and are gonna be spending it with those we love, eating very yummy food, I changed my mind. I didn't know my boyfriend had captured this moment. A couple of day's ago we went to eat late at night @raisingcanes and as we waited for our order i saw this homeless lady walk in asking people that were throwing away there leftovers if she could have them. Not one person said yes, they all ignored her and threw it away it broke my heart...I have been volunteering with the homeless now for many years... they don't repulse me or make me sick to my stomach. I hold them all with so much love. So I told Fred if I see her before we are done eating I will give her my food. I looked for her as we were getting ready to leave and couldn't find her.....I felt sad knowing all the rejection she had that night searching for a warm meal. As I was gonna throw away my one leftover chicken strip and like 5 fries I heard a very quite voice ask me if I had anything left. I turned around and it was her..l gave her my food and watched her sit and eat it.....but something didn't feel right...I felt like a horrible human being feeding her my leftover chicken strip..she deserved so much more...so I bought her a whole meal..she deserved to eat a hot meal. When I ordered the meal I asked the employee for a huge favor to please do not kick her out as we waited...I could already see the disgust on people's faces as she sat at the table eating the leftovers I had given her....news flash people not all homeless people smell like roses. She was getting ready to get up and leave when I surprised her with this meal....the look on her face said it all...I have never felt something like this...pure, real gratitude. That hug she gave me was like a hug I had never felt....those tears she shed were felt deep in my heart...I held her tight and let her let it out. I wasn't repulsed by it....I just held her. And that is a moment I will never ever forget. So next time u judge a homeless person think twice...not all of them are homeless because of a drug addiction or because they are lazy.
The homeless woman asked other diners as they were throwing away their food, if she could have any leftovers they may have. Mendez says most people ignored her, and threw away the last bits of their meal anyway.
When she finished her meal, Mendez said she had "one leftover chicken strip and like 5 fries" left on her plate, but couldn't find the woman. A quiet voice then caught her attention, and it was indeed the woman asking if she could have Mendez's leftovers, to which she quickly obliged.
However, Mendez thought through the day, that happened to be a day for giving thanks and realized that the woman deserved so much more.
In a touching act of kindness, Mendez bought the woman an entire meal from the Raising Canes restaurant. In return, Mendez received a reaction that left a lasting impression on her life.
"The look on her face said it all...I have never felt something like [that]...pure, real gratitude. That hug she gave me was like a hug I had never felt....those tears she shed were felt deep in my heart...I held her tight and let her let it out. I wasn't repulsed by it....I just held her."
Reactions to Mendez's post have touched people across social media.
Mendez ends with parting words that resonated with many.
"So next time u judge a homeless person think twice...not all of them are homeless because of a drug addiction or because they are lazy."