Recently, I was educated while helping at a soup kitchen in the Bronx, New York. I thought I had seen a good majority of the world but I WAS WRONG! I am blessed to have my life back together and trying to help others in their drug addiction.
If you ever think that you are having a bad day or think you are having a hard time go to your nearest big city and donate your time and see how rock bottom can really be for others! I was shocked to see prostitutes, drug/alcoholics addicts and others mixing together at the community building. I was with a group of teenage girls who were wondering why these people were here. I almost found it hard to explain to them why as well. The girls I was with thought they knew about the world and thought they could “handle” it at the ages of 14-18. After helping them understand that the world can be a hard place they quickly changed their attitudes. I told the girls that they not only eat there they may also sleep there at night IF there is room and if not, they sleep on the streets, literally. I told them this could happen to them or anybody for that matter.
I was working with one girl and I couldn’t get through to her that this could happen to her if she didn’t change her ways (sex, drugs, skipping school, beating up her little sisters (she is 14)). Before we left she came up to me and said, “How can I donate these shoes, they don’t really fit right?” I said give me a minute and I will find a staff member that can help you with that! SURPRISE SURPRISE I think she really was thinking she just didn’t want to show it to the rest of us!
By the time we left I was, am, thankful for what I have in this world even though I may be an bilateral amputee, have had a heart valve replacement and two strokes I am grateful for my family and friends. They are always there for me and for this I will be forever grateful.
Next time you see a homeless person on the streets asking for “Spare Change” don’t judge the book by its cover. You don’t know where they are coming from or why they may need that extra change. They may be saving their money to get into a vocational educational program for a job to get themselves back together in our society or food, which could be their ONLY meal that day. They don’t want to be there it’s just that life threw them a curve ball and they are trying to now hit one out of the park with a better life.
So please DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER, IT’S NOT ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS! If you are thinking about helping your community look into your nearest homeless shelter or a cause that you would like to help.
On a side note, while we were serving dinners the soup kitchen had a band DONATING their time to liven up the day because it just happened to be Valentine’s Day! The band was REALLY good and they had a full brass section. It seemed like there was about 10 people in the stage area. Again, I was amazed and what people will do to help others in ANY form! Rock on!