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Schoolboy, 14, gives shoes off his own feet to homeless man

TOUCHING: LaRon Tunstill, 14, donated his brand new shoes to a homeless man

A KIND act by a 14-year-old from Kentucky, has touched the hearts of thousands of people on social media after a photograph of him giving away his shoes to a homeless man went viral.

LaRon Tunstill, who goes by the nickname Ron Ron, took his brand new trainers off his feet and gave them to a homeless man he met on the street.

Tunstill was handing out food to homeless people with PurpMe, a local nonprofit that encourages and facilitates acts of kindness, over Labor Day weekend (Sept 5) when one man caught his eye.

“You could tell like he’s been hurt so many times,” Tunstill said in a TV interview.

The teenager sat down next to the man and began talking to him, when he noticed his tattered shoes.

“The soles were completely gone,” said Jason Reynolds, founder of PurpMe, told The Wave. “His toes literally touched the ground.”

That’s when Tunstill took off his brand new Nike Air Jordans, that he had only owned for a day, and gave them to the man.

“He didn’t want to take the shoes at first but I told him take them because that’s what God wanted me to do,” Tunstill added.

Like the homeless man, the teen is no stranger to struggle.

"Ron Ron was a wild kid. He grew up in a rough area where people get shot all the time. The streets affected him a little, and at one point, he was fighting more, being disrespectful," Reynolds said.

Reynolds said he reached out to the teenager and served as his mentor. Reynolds says through that mentorship, and what he believes is "God's grace," Ron Ron underwent "a change of heart."

"Now, he's the one mentoring other kids," Reynolds said. "It's amazing. He's just so passionate to make a change in the world and inspire other people."

The thoughtful teenager's photographed act of kindness has since gone viral, garnering thousands of reactions and shares on Facebook in less than a week.

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