Learning to Notice People In Need
--by laurie1, posted Mar 9, 2009
I live in suburbia and have 13 and 15 year old children. Every now and then, a homeless person will stand near the entrance to one of the many trendy shopping centers and hold up a "Will Work for Food" sign, or something similar.
Every time we see one, I always turn into the nearest drive-through restaurant and buy a meal with a large cup of coffee. I then go back to where the person is standing and drop off the food with a small amount of cash. The response is always gracious and thankful. I never say anything to my children while doing this, as I don't want them to turn off due to any perceived 'preaching' (believe me, they hear it from me enough!).
We are always hurrying somewhere, but it takes only 5 minutes and the impact it has on my teens is well worth taking the time. They have learned first not to ignore these people in need and second, that even a small act can make a difference.
:) smiles to you.