When Morissa drove to her job at Hooters, she expected it to be just another average day, but instead life had something better planned for her. Morissa works two jobs, one as a professional make-up artist hoping to make it big and another working as a Hooters server in Phoenix, Arizona. However, today at her job at Hooters was about to be very different from an ordinary day.
Morissa pulled up into the parking lot and noticed a strange man sitting on the curb. The man had an unkempt beard and rugged clothes. It seemed as though life had hit him hard. While many of us would rush past this man because our lives are so busy, Morissa had another idea. She walked up to the man smiling and promptly asked him if he was okay. Her act of kindness and kind demeanor had melted the man’s heart and he broke down into tears. This did not phase Morissa, however! “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.” Morissa wrote in a Facebook post.
Over the meal that Morissa had graciously ordered for him, the two talked. Morissa learned that Rick was originally from Ohio. He had been hit by a car, but without so much as an ID, he knew that he couldn’t possibly go to the hospital. He was alone and he had to deal with harsh reality on his own.
When Rick finished his meal, he expressed his gratitude with sincerity. Morissa’s act of kindness has immediately restored his faith in humanity. Rick even posed for a photograph with Morissa (featured below).
However, Rick had a gift for her, something Morissa could have never expected!
“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 inspirational story! Morissa was able to brighten one man’s life with such a simple action. We truly need more people like Morissa that will help out homeless folks who always need it.