Winnipeg bus driver gives homeless man shoes off his feet
Published Friday, September 21, 2012 8:11AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 21, 2012 8:42AM EDT
A single act of kindness from a Winnipeg bus driver is the talk of the town this week, and making headlines beyond Canada.
Winnipeg Transit driver Kris Doubledee was driving near the corner of Portage Avenue and Main Street in the city’s downtown on Monday when he noticed a homeless man walking barefoot.
"I asked the Lord: Just ease his pain, because he has no shoes, right?" Doubledee told CTV Winnipeg.
The next day -- in roughly the same spot at about the same time -- Doubledee saw the same man shuffling down the street, still barefoot.
"And the weather was just terrible. It was cold,” Doubledee remembered.
So Doubledee decided to act. To the amazement of his passengers, he pulled his bus over to the side of the road, got out and then gave the man the shoes off his feet.
"I didn't get a chance to see if they fit, but I got a big foot so, I'm pretty sure they did,” he says.
Then Doubledee jumped back on his bus and started driving again with just his socks on. His passengers were stunned.
"I'm sitting there going, ‘Oh, my God, what did I just see?’” said transit rider Denise Campbell. “My eyes start welling up, and I'm like, ‘Ok, wiping away my tears’.”
Campbell shared the story with her co-workers and then on a community news website. From there, the story took off.
News of Doubledee’s compassion has spread so far, he’s due to appear live on the “CBS This Morning” show in New York City on Saturday to talk about what he did.
But to hear the soft-spoken Doubledee tell it, it's a selfless act that anyone would do -- at least, if they keep their eyes open and notice those around them.
"Just slow down a bit and pay attention to your brother and sister, and help them out,” is the advice from this kind bus driver.
With a report from CTV Winnipeg’s Jon Hendricks