A child's compassion touches patrons of an Alabama Waffle House.
Ava Faulk and her son Josiah Duncan made a homeless man cry. In a good way. (via WSFA)
On a trip to the Waffle House with his mother, 5-year-old Josiah Duncan saw a strange man outside the restaurant and was troubled by his appearance. Josiah asked his mother, Ava Faulk, tons of questions. Ava explained to her son that the dirty man holding a bag and locking up his bike was homeless.
Seeing a homeless person for the first time filled Josiah with lots of worried questions. As Ava continued to explain what she could, Josiah had one question that was very hard to answer: "Where does he keeps his groceries?" The hard truth was that this man didn't have any groceries and was probably very hungry. Josiah, being a sweet innocent little boy, knew he had to do the right thing and feed the homeless man. Well, his mom did the right thing, really. He doesn't have the spending money yet, but he is still very sweet.
Josiah Duncan talks to the homeless man he helped feed. (via WSFA)
Josiah jumped up to help the man after noticing that he was not getting service from the waitstaff. Handing the man a menu, Josiah told him he could order anything. According to Ava, the man ordered "the works," even asking if he could also get bacon. Ava gave the perfect response, telling him, "Get as much bacon you want."
When the food arrived, Josiah insisted on saying a blessing, and sang as loudly as possible, "God our Father, God our Father, we thank you, we thank you, for our many blessings, for our many blessings, Amen, Amen." A little repetitive, but it's got a beat and you can dance to it.
Ava reports that all 11 people in the Waffle House were touched, the homeless man himself in tears. She tells WSFA that her little boy's kindness made a big impact on many people.
"Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I'll ever get to witness."