People who have the least to give are often the ones willing to give the most.

On her way to work one typical day, Morissa Pena, a waitress at a Hooters restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, came across a bearded man. She had no idea how that encounter would affect the rest of her day. The disheveled man was approached by Morissa, who spoke to him and invited him to come inside Hooters for a bite.

The two ended up having an emotional conversation but she had no idea how he would eventually express his gratitude for her thoughtful and considerate action, which prompted her to share the experience.

As Morissa parked in front of the Hooters restaurant where she works, she first noticed the scruffy man. He was reclined against the curb.

He was questioned about his well-being. She asked a simple question that made him cry. She assisted him in entering Hooters while introducing herself as a coworker. He was told that he was welcome to order whatever he wanted and that she was delighted to have him as a guest.

Slowly the man, Rick, started to tell Morissa his story. He was an Ohioan. He had been struck by a car, but he lacked the funds and official identification to travel to the hospital.

Rick and Morissa Pena

After finishing his meal, Rick turned to Morissa. He claimed that she had given him newfound hope. He also wanted to give her a very special thank you. The only thing he actually owned was a necklace, which he picked up and gave to the girl who had restored his hope.

The necklace Rick gave to Morissa Pena

In a Facebook post, Morissa shared the tale and urged readers to always practice kindness and to think well of Rick:

“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 a kindhearted young woman. We need more people like her in the world.