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A Night With The Homeless


--by AsianWoman, posted Feb 12, 2010

A Night With The Homeless

by: Ellis Moore (Age 10)

 

Every Saturday or Sunday night my family and I go out and feed the homeless people in the city of Orlando. There are thousands of people across The United States without any food or shelter. My family and I have been doing this for several months.

 

We wanted to see what it was like in the life of a homeless person.  One special thing I like to mention is, my family and I do not eat before we begin our journey so we know how it feels to be hungry. All of the areas we go to are very dangerous. We go on streets such as, Orange blossom trail, Parramore, Gore street, Colonial Dr, and down town Orlando.

 

We all get together in the kitchen and prepare the food. Some of the meals are sandwiches and cookies and a bottle of water. Sometimes my mom prepares a steaming hot delicious meal. We then bag them all up to feed 30 or more people.

 

I like to write a special notes on the bags like, “God loves you”. Before my family and I get into the car we ask God for protection in a family prayer. A lot of people misunderstand homeless people. Not all homeless people are drug addicts or bad people some are really nice. Some of them just had bad things happened to them.

 

At first when my family and I went out on the street we had to earn their trust.  Because a lot of people are mean to them for no good reason. But now that they see us every week they trust us. We even know some of their names. We all have to remember that these are people that have feelings. Some of them shake our hands for giving them food, and thank us. Some of them do really funny dances because they are happy.

 

We have become really close with this man named Tony and his wife. They have all of their personal belongings in shopping carts. After meeting with them several times he has told us a lot about his life. He graduated from collage and has a PHD. He used to teach French and, Spanish. He graduated from Howard University.

 

After we get done feeding the homeless, it makes me appreciate what I have at home. Sometimes it makes me sad, and makes my mom cry. I love feeding the homeless, and making a difference in someone’s life.

 

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Readers Comments

jsmc10 wrote: This is such a great thing to do together as a family, you are so thoughtful, that bit of food and water may be all that they have had that day, thank you for blessing this child with great values from a young age :)
Mish wrote: You truelly are wonderful people. Learning so young to be so giving is just beautiful
jemini wrote: That was so nice of u
ICCM wrote: Thank you so much for helping others. We all feel the difference for it.


What a great family!
shamini wrote: You and your family are treasures of the world. God bless you all.
MADY wrote: You are awonderful child,you deserve abig thank you snd your family.
diane wrote: I was looking at the news this morning and thinking to myself how depressing it is every morning to hear about all the killings and horrible things happening today. Then i went on my computer and read your story. It is so awesome what you and your family are doing. I wish there were more people like you in this world. God bless you and your family always.
rrgirl63 wrote: What a beautiful child you are. You will be one of those people who makes a difference in this world. You already do.
jcrowder0027 wrote: My name is michelle. From july 1994 to january 18 1995 i was homeless on the streets of morgan hill ca. And yes i was a drug addict. Most every morning i would go to the gas station and bum $5 from a customer. No not for drugs but for coffee and cigs. I never would spend any of the money i got from people for drugs. I was also a christian that had back slid. Due to believing in jesus instead of getting high off the drugs i would get convicted by the holy spirit for using. Took me a long time and many a prayer from my family to get back on the right track. I'm so grateful for the people i met on the streets and will always remember the time in my life where instead of walking next to jesus he was carying me. Your story just touched my heart to find out that there are still those nice people out there helping out the homeless ones. God bless!
NanaLisa wrote: You and your family are a inspiration to the rest of us. Thank you

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