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Monday, October 20, 2008

A Missed Opportunity... Or Was It?

Driving home from work a one-legged man was limping in the meridian. No sign, but his hat was in his hand. He was wearing shorts so his prosthetic limb was in evidence. I didn't feel like getting my wallet out of my back pocket (an ordeal when you've got your seatbelt on).

By the time I changed my mind, the light turned green and it was too late. I mentally kicked myself, which made me feel more guilty because he only had one leg and couldn't... nevermind, that's a dumb rabbit trail...

So, he's got a drinker's nose and bloodshot eyes. That and his indigent ways suggest he could possibly be an alcoholic. Do you give alms to someone likely to drink it away? Or do you give money to organizations that will look after people in need?

Your thoughts?

5 comments:

mac said...

I would do both, but take time to stop what I'm doing and help the man.

Anonymous said...

Leave some packaged food in your car... craisins, crackers... something semi-healthy, and something that can handle the heat, give the food to the person on the street. Then donate money to the organizations that take care of people in need.

lmac said...

Basically.

an idealistic sherlock said...

Drinkers Nose??? Pardon the naive teen question...

Anyway. I've always heard that it's better to offer food than money, but something I wish I offered was conversation and compassion.

Rob said...

Anonymous,

I have a bag of a goodies in my car, and for the longest time had it in the driver's console but never ran into a person in need. Somehow it migrated to the back of the car out of reach. AAAAAAGGGGG!