17-year-old Jordan Laverdure is a junior at Gloversville High School.
Last week, he was playing basketball with friends when he spotted a homeless man.
“He’s not really walking, he’s leaning onto the cart,” said Jordan. “Then I looked down and I saw his shoes. They were just ripped up, torn apart.”
Jordan ran over, took off his own shoes– a pair of Steph Currys– and put them in the man’s cart, then re-joined his game.
“I felt good about myself because I could tell when he said thank you, it meant something to him,” he said.
Samantha Graham happened to be across the street.
“I was shocked,” she said. “My jaw dropped. I didn’t know what was going on and I saw that, I was like, oh, my God!”
At first, she worried the teens might be about to give the man some trouble.
“I thought maybe they were trying to start something with him, so I rolled my window down and turned my radio off and I looked over and Jordan’s running over and he gave him his shoes off his feet!” she said.
She was so moved, she wrote about it on Facebook. She wrote, “I don’t know about you, but in the messed-up world we live in, witnessing that made my entire year. And I pray to God my children do acts of kindness like that every chance they get.”
Her post quickly spread, with many likes and shares.
School officials say Jordan is not a student who has countless shoes in his closet.
He will be recognized at the school’s pep rally this week.
“I guess it stands out because I think the reputation or the perception of students today just isn’t what Jordan had done,” said Gloversville High School Principal Richard DeMallie.
Dr. DeMallie says it’s important to find the strengths in every student.
“Obviously, Jordan’s strength was kindness and caring and thinking about other people. Someone’s ability to find that in our city and then put that out there and have it go viral was exactly what I was talking about. Rather than looking at a student playing basketball and maybe being loud, now we see a student that crossed the street, put his shoes in someone’s cart because that person didn’t have any.”
The school notified us about Jordan’s act of kindness. He’s amazed at all the attention.
“I honestly was doing it for me. To feel good about myself. So that’s what I did. The next morning, I woke up and it’s all over. I woke up with a new life, that’s what it felt like.”
Jordan says he’d like to become a Gloversville police officer some day.
The shoe store near Walmart has already offered Jordan new sneakers. He says his real reward was in giving.