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DePrimo’s good deed serves as lesson to all

I saw on the news that New York City Police Officer Larry DePrimo purchased a pair of socks and boots for a homeless man who was sitting on the sidewalk outside a shoe store. The story told of the price being in the range of $100. I thought that it was a nice thing to do. But it wasn’t until I read the article in The News that I learned the whole story. DePrimo did not just purchase socks and boots for the gentleman. That, in and of itself, is a wonderful gesture. The picture in the paper, taken by a visitor to New York City, shows DePrimo putting the socks and boots on that man.

I believe the majority of people reading this could afford to buy a pair of socks and boots for a needy person. I am sure that you have contributed to the Food Bank, given to the Salvation Army and donated to the needy, especially at this time of year. But to purchase such articles and actually help the person put them on – OMG! It brings a tear to my eyes when I talk about this, even now.

I consider myself to be a very giving person and a pretty decent Catholic, but I have never actually gone the whole nine yards.

As I was reading the article, Matthew 25:40 was being recited in my head. The king will reply: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

I commend DePrimo not for what he bought, but for what he did. I want to wish everyone a most joyous, happy and safe holiday season.

Luci Buell

Buffalo