Three Texas teens buy homeless man food, clothes

  • Ryan Cook, Joshua Mechell and Alberto Montiel saw Eddie counting change
  • Eddie and his dog Socks are regulars at the Corpus Christi Chick-Fil-A
  • Employees told the teens that Eddie only asks for food and water for his dog  

The story of how three Texas teens changed the life of a homeless Chick-Fil-A customer has caught the attention of millions on social media. 

When Ryan Cook and his friends Joshua Mechell and Alberto Montiel decided to stop at a Chick-Fil-A in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Thursday night they never thought they would change someone's life. 

But after seeing a homeless man named Eddie sitting by himself at a nearby table they decided to buy him a Chick-Fil-A gift card. 

Three teenagers saw Eddie, a homeless man, counting a pile of change at a Corpus Christi, Texas, Chick-Fil-A. Eddie and his pet dog Socks are regular patrons of the location

Three teenagers saw Eddie, a homeless man, counting a pile of change at a Corpus Christi, Texas, Chick-Fil-A. Eddie and his pet dog Socks are regular patrons of the location

Eddie had a pile of change on the table in front of him, along with a worn Bible and a photo of Jesus.

He was counting the coins and trying to scrap together enough for a meal when the teens walked into the restaurant.  

'He had a bible on the table. And he also had a picture of Jesus. Which really gave us kind of a sign to help him out', Cook, 19, told KRIS-TV.  

Chick-Fil-A employees told the teens that the man frequents the location and only asks for water or nuggets for his pet dog, Socks. 

So, they decided to pool their money and buy him gift cards, a first-aid kit and clothes 

So, they decided to pool their money and buy him gift cards, a first-aid kit and clothes 

'People were telling us there how he never asks for handouts. We saw him crying and we saw him struggling to buy a meal. So I decided to go buy him a gift card', Cook told Inside Edition. 

The teens didn't stop there. They asked Eddie to wait at the Chick-Fil-A and went next door to Dick's Sporting Goods to buy him a new coat, some shirts, a first-aid kit and a winter hat. 

The store even donated a few items and chipped in $20 toward their purchase.  

When the teens returned to Chick-Fil-A they surprised Eddie with the gifts.  Eddie's reaction to the gifts was priceless. The heartwarming moment was captured on video and has since gone viral 

Eddie's reaction to the gifts was priceless. The heartwarming moment was captured on video and has since gone viral 

In the video of the exchange, which has been viewed more than four million times on Facebook, Eddie is clearly touched by the gesture. 

'His reaction was basically priceless. Once we gave him that jacket he had a big ole smile on his face and it was just probably one of the greatest feeling I've had in the world. 

'Not only for myself, but just to know that we did something great for somebody else', said Cook. 

Eddie told the teens that he didn't receive anything for Christmas this year. 

'It was an awesome experience. He quickly got out of his chair. He was so excited and happy to see something new in his life. I told him just think about it as a late Christmas', Cook said. 

The teens are still in contact with Eddie and plan on getting him a meal and a hotel room to watch the Super Bowl

The teens are still in contact with Eddie and plan on getting him a meal and a hotel room to watch the Super Bowl

Cook shared the video on his Facebook page in an effort to inspire others to do the same for those in need. But it wasn't the group's idea to share the video. 

'My mom actually told me to. Basically because to show and be examples to other people. And it was great to see responses we were getting because I didn't realize it'd blow up to be that big', Cook said. 

The teens made it clear they want their story to serve as a catalyst for change. 

'We just want to make the world a better place to live in, and we want to inspire people to make a difference', Mechell said. 

Cook, Mechell and Montiel are still in contact with Eddie and plan on getting him a motel and a meal for Super Bowl Sunday.

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