I can’t remember a night I had to go without food simply because we couldn’t afford it. In fact, I don’t remember to many times not being able to afford things I needed to survive like food and shelter. I know my family wasn’t the richest but my mom was very good at making us believe that we could have anything we wanted. She worked hard and made sure we had the necessities. I would go to school in nice shoes and clothes. I really wasn’t big on brands. If it were clean I would wear it. My mom taught me that brands are just names. She would say, “they should put my face on a t-shirt and it would sale millions.” Mom taught me to be appreciative and humble.
I was never the kid to crack on people based on their financial situations or the clothes they wear. In fact my heart is very pure. If someone asks me for a dollar and I got it then they got it. If my friend came to school hungry and I had a snack then I’m splitting that snack. It’s always been in me to do what I feel is the right thing to do. After 29 years on this earth and doing all the right things I have never went to a homeless shelter to feed homeless people. I see homeless folks on the street all the time and when I have spare change I always bless them.
Over the years of me giving monetary donations I ask myself well what do I really get out of that? Us Americans put so much value on the dollar. Giving a homeless person one dollar is nothing. Giving a homeless person a hot meal and a smile is more than you will imagine. The day I decided to give my time to the homeless changed my life. I had so many preconceived notions about the homeless and who they are. You never know what someone has gone through in their life to get to where they are. We just have to assess where they are and try to help them rise from the debt they are in.
With every homeless person I met that day I smiled so big and they smiled back. That moment inspired my spirit and I will make this a yearly tradition to go and feed the homeless. I will never be ‘to good’ to give a hand when needed.
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I chew my ice cream. People do that right?