Did you ever think about walking into a bar and in a big bold voice say…
"Drinks for everybody"
and then pick up the tab?
Well I got to do it last night.
(except I didn't use a big bold voice…and it wasn't a bar)
It was late and I was hungry, so I stopped at a downtown McDonalds.
When I walked in I saw some familiar faces.
Twelve of my homeless friends were huddled around a table sipping coffee - and hanging in a warm place until they were pushed out for staying to long.
I asked them if they had eaten anything and they all said no.
"Well come on - get up there and order anything you want…its on me".
Boy did those faces turn into smiles.
We sat and talked for about 45 minutes.
It cost all of $39 dollars.
Now I'm not bragging - please know that…
In fact - I hope that I am encouraging you to step out and do the same… in your own way - with your own personality. Maybe get a friend to go with you on your venture of reaching out to the homeless and down and out.
They all want off the streets - they all want a normal life…
and it takes people to advocate for them and hold their hand to get them to the place were they can break the cycle of homelessness.
I was once asked what a person needs to do to help the homeless…
My answer was simple - just start doing it…
I finished my meal - got to know them better and headed out the door.
The hugs and thank you's were soooo worth it.
So there is your challenge…
Just start doing it!
Activists for homeless - inmates and the poor of this world.