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Cincinnati native gives shoes off feet to barefoot, homeless woman

Brown's shoe-less feet on the subway. (FOX19 NOW) Brown's shoe-less feet on the subway. (FOX19 NOW)
Kay Brown (Photo: Chris Talamo) Kay Brown (Photo: Chris Talamo)
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A random act of kindness on a New York City subway has a Cincinnati-native gaining national praise.

Kay Brown, who attended Northern Kentucky University before moving to NYC in 2012, encountered a homeless woman on the subway Monday. The woman was barefoot in the chilly November weather.

“I asked her what shoe size she wore and we were the same. I gave her the shoes off my feet and they fit perfectly,” Brown wrote in a Facebook post that’s been shared more than 2,000 times. “I gave her the shoes off my feet and they fit perfectly.”

Brown said the woman was gracious and shed tears as she slipped on the boots.

The good deed didn’t go unnoticed. After riding the subway for another 15 minutes in her thin, mismatched socks, a man offered her another pair of socks to wear for the remainder of the journey home.

“You see, I can buy another pair of shoes tomorrow. And he probably has plenty of socks at home. It's the middle of November and she has no where to go, so the least I could do is give her a pair of shoes,” she wrote.

Shoeless and wearing socks from a complete stranger, Brown walked another 6 blocks home.

“I want people to be able to put themselves in someone else's shoes (no pun intended.,)” Brown wrote in an email interview. “Imagine if you were the person on the subway without shoes. Wouldn't you want someone to show you compassion? You never know when/if it will be you.”

At first, the Fairfield High School grad was reluctant to post her story to Facebook. She said all of the negative news in the world compelled her to post something positive.

“Things like that keep us going and keep us motivated,” Brown said.

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