Morissa drove to work expecting an ordinary day. When she’s not working as a professional make-up artist, Morissa works as a Hooters server in Phoenix, Arizona — but this particular day was anything but ordinary.
Recently, Morissa pulled into the Hooters parking lot and noticed a bearded, disheveled man sitting on the curb. Instead of rushing into the restaurant and ignoring the man, Morissa walked right up to him and asked if he was okay. This small act of kindness was enough to make him break down in tears. “I helped him off the ground and linked his arm with mine. I introduced myself to Rick and explained that I worked here at Hooters and we would be happy to have him.
I sat him down and told him he could order whatever he wanted, on me,” she writes on Facebook.
As the two struck up a conversation, Rick shared his story with Morissa. He was from Ohio and had been hit by a car, and he couldn’t go to the hospital because he practically had nothing to his name — not even an ID card to identify himself.
After Rick was finished eating, he expressed his gratitude to Morissa and told her that she had completely restored his faith. The pair took a photo together (below). But just before he left, Rick handed Morissa something she never expected.
Scroll down to see what Rick placed in her hand…
“Today when I pulled into work, I happened to glance into my rear view mirror and notice this man sitting on a curb across the street. His name is Rick. I walk up to him and ask if he’s okay…he barely mumbled a ‘no’ and looked down and started sobbing. I asked if he was hungry…he said ‘very.’
I helped him off the ground and linked his arm with mine.”
“I introduced myself to Rick and explained that I worked here at Hooters and we would be happy to have him. I sat him down and told him he could order whatever he wanted, on me. Another table bought him a dessert. He was so grateful…he told me he was here from Ohio and had been hit by a car, and he couldn’t go to the hospital because he didn’t have even an ID. He showed me his necklace, it has Phillipians 4:13 engraved on it. He was telling me how it was the only thing he had.
We cried together.”
“He finished up his meal and told me he would never forget my name, my face, and how I had given him hope again. I asked if it was okay if we took a picture together, he was delighted. He even pulled out a small comb and combed his beard for our picture…so cute! As he goes to leave, he takes off his necklace and hands it to me, and told me he wanted me to have it. I was speechless. I still am.
This man gave me the only thing that had any value to him. That is a debt I will never be able to repay.”
“I will never forget Rick and the few moments we spent together. Please, remember to be kind. Remember to help where you can and to do it selflessly.
If you can, share this as a reminder, and also so more people can send positive thoughts towards Rick and the other homeless people who need it. Have a wonderful rest of your day.”
What an incredible story — and what a kindhearted, selfless young woman. Props to you, Morissa; we need more people like you in the world! If you agree, please SHARE this story with your friends on Facebook!