Carmen Mendez couldn't hold back her tears after she gave the homeless woman a meal.
In November 2015, Mendez and her boyfriend, Fred, were enjoying their meals at a Raising Cane’s restaurant in California when she noticed a homeless woman.
The woman asked the costumers if she could have their leftovers that they were throwing away.
"Not one person said yes, they all ignored her and threw it away, it broke my heart," Mendez wrote on Facebook. "I have been volunteering with the homeless now for many years. They don’t repulse me or make me sick to my stomach. I hold them all with so much love."
Mendez told Fred she would give her leftovers if she saw the woman before they had finished their meal.
"I looked for her as we were getting ready to leave and couldn’t find her," she recounted. "I felt sad knowing all the rejection she had that night searching for a warm meal."
When Mendez was about to throw away her leftover foods, she heard the woman asked her if she had anything left.
She then handed over one chicken strip and five fries, but she thought something didn't feel right.
"I felt like a horrible human being feeding her my leftover chicken strip. She deserved so much more, so I bought her a whole meal. She deserved to eat a hot meal," Mendez said.
When she ordered the meal, she asked the employee not to throw the homeless woman out as they waited.
"I could already see the disgust on people's faces as she sat at the table eating the leftovers I had given her. News flash people, not all homeless people smell like roses," she said.
The woman was getting ready to leave when Mendez surprised her with the meal.
"The look on her face said it all. I have never felt something like this pure, real gratitude," Mendez said. "That hug she gave me was like a hug I had never felt. Those tears she shed were felt deep in my heart. I held her tight and let her let it out. I wasn't repulsed by it. I just held her."
Mendez stated she will never ever forget that moment.
"So next time you judge a homeless person, think twice. Not all of them are homeless because of a drug addiction or because they are lazy," she added.
Her act of kindness and the homeless woman's show of gratitude went viral on Facebook.
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