Police in Rome came across a homeless man named Bobby. Bobby had been living rough for a while. His hair and beard were bushy and matted, his clothes were filthy, and so was he. The man who’d been hanging out in the streets of Rome in upstate New York was in dire need of a haircut and a hot shower.
Rome police Officer Jeff Buckley said that his fellow officer, Aaron Page, spoke with Bobby on Monday and realized that he could use some help.
"It was obvious he needed some simple things clothing-wise," Buckley told the news station. "He literally had just the clothes he was wearing."
And so officers from the police department did just that, giving him a place to clean up and then cutting and trimming his unruly hair. He even got a new pair of red sneakers and a bag of clean, donated clothes.
“This morning we provided Bobby with a haircut, a shave, a shower and a whole new wardrobe of donated clothing,” their post read. “Bobby left looking like a whole new person and couldn’t thank us enough.”
The police department’s efforts spread quickly on social media. The post had garnered more than 22,000 likes and reactions and had been shared nearly 10,000 times by Friday afternoon.
Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Lucas Jackson