Last week, 14-year-old LaRon Tunstill was handing out food to homeless people with PurpMe, a local nonprofit that encourages and facilitates acts of kindness, when one man caught his eye. The teenager sat down next to the man and began talking to him. What follows has touched the internet’s heart.
Tunstill, who goes by the nickname “Ron Ron,” noticed the man’s tattered shoes. The soles were completely gone. His toes literally touched the ground. That’s when the 14-year-old took off his brand new Nike Air Jordans, that he had only owned for a day, and gave them to the man.
“You could tell like he’s been hurt so many times,” Tunstill told Inside Edition.
Jason Reynolds, founder of PurpMe took a picture of the sweet moment and posted it to PurpMe’s Facebook page. The photo quickly went viral and has received thousands of likes and shares.
Since the photo of Tunstilll went viral, a donor has bought him a new pair of shoes, ABC News reported.
“Ron Ron has come a long way since he started working with him three years ago,” Reynolds told ABC News. “He was a wild kid. He grew up in a rough area where people get shot all the time,” Reynolds added.
“The streets affected him a little, and at one point, he was fighting more, being disrespectful.” Yet, Reynolds said after he started mentoring Tunstill and the teen began working with PurpMe, “he has made a 180.”
“Now, he’s the one mentoring other kids,” Reynolds said.