We each have gone through periods during which a hand reaching out to steady us has been much needed. We all have a debt we owe to those who stand in the gap for our peace of mind. So small a gesture can mean the world.
This is the story of one person's actions when confronted by a person who qualified for both reasons.
Max Zahir was in his vehicle at a gas station earlier this week when a homeless man approached him and asked if he had any change he could spare.
“What do you need the change for?” Zahir said he inquired.
Turns out the homeless man is a veteran who told Zahir he hadn’t eaten since the previous day.
But instead of giving the man change, Zahir did him one better: He said he asked the man to hop in his vehicle so Zahir could buy him a meal.
A video camera in Zahir’s vehicle captured what happened next.
The pair pulled into a drive-thru of what appears to be a Carl’s Jr. restaurant, and Zahir handed the grateful vet a drink and some food.
Afterward when the pair were about to part ways, Zahir made the vet a promise.
“I go to work every day around 4 o’clock, OK?” he told the vet. “If you meet me at that gas station I’m going to buy you lunch … OK? I just want to do something, and then maybe one day you get to your feet just pay it forward, OK?”
The homeless vet said he would, and before he opened the passenger door, he said, “God bless you, brother” and began to cry.
Zahir offered the man a hug, and vet told a him a bit more of what life has been like for him.
“Thank you, Max,” he said in between sobs. “Nobody showed me this much kindness in a while.”