Helping others in need is something that be very rewarding – both for the giver, and for the recipient. And there’s little doubt that there are plenty of people in need.
While there is the school of thought some have that those such people needing help should pull themselves up from their bootstraps, “find a job”, “get a life”, etc – some people truly are in dire straits. Some of these people could truly use a lift every now and then. Not have everything provided to them on a silver platter of course, but just a little boost to help them survive.
Of course, what somebody chooses to give – or not give – is a matter of personal preference. Some people like to give, and it feels rewarding and satisfying to do so. Others feel offended at the idea that their hard-earned money should go to someone else who didn’t earn it.
With all that in mind, if we looked at this on a continuum, I would put myself more toward the side of enjoying giving. Now, I wouldn’t want to portray myself as someone who is some pure giver like Mother Teresa might be perceived, because I do have moments where I don’t want to be taken advantage of if I think someone is actually lazy. But for those truly in need, I do help on occasion.
I’ve written about these types of things in other venues, but occasionally I see some homeless people asking for money. It seems like money might help, but perhaps food is a better choice? With that being said, it’s not like people are walking down the street in the city carrying food with them at all times, so that option isn’t always common.
Well, recently I did see somebody give a homeless guy a meal, and it was cool to see. Actually, I was working late that evening and had to catch a commuter train home. I was hungry, so before boarding the train, I decided to go the station’s food court to get a sandwich.
While there, I saw a guy who was clearly a professional walking in with a guy who was clearly on the streets. The professional guy asked the homeless guy what he wanted to eat, and then proceeded to buy it for him. As I watched, the homeless guy didn’t order anything excessive, just a sandwich. The other guy told him he could get a drink if he wanted, and so the street guy just said he wanted water. Then he asked if he could get chips, and the buyer said sure.
When the transaction was over, the homeless guy thanked the other guy very much, and profusely. He then ran – literally ran to a seating area, and started eating the sandwich immediately. The other guy just smiled and walked off, not saying anything.
It was cool to see – money was spent to truly help someone, not given to be used for who knows what. Additionally, both people were respectful of one another. The giver did a good deed, and the recipient seemed thankful.
The bleeding heart side of me, which isn’t always present, was happy to see this 🙂
My Questions for You
Have you seen any really good examples of generosity with money?
Have there ever been any times where you’ve helped someone financially – or taken the other way, have you been in a position to be helped?