As I sat in a booth, eating my breakfast sandwich at the local Subway (I freaking love this place), I failed to notice that a woman that had been in already and had returned.
Her return, in and of itself, was not the remarkable part. She had brought with her the homeless gentleman pictured above and settled him into a booth with a combo meal and then left the store as though this were old hat to her.
She clearly asked for nothing in return not even the acknowledgement from her fellow man.
It’s difficult to describe the admiration I felt for this selfless act, but I now know what true charity looks like.
True charity isn’t the government dipping its hand into your pocket and “giving” that money to those that have hampered themselves with self-imposed obstacles.
It’s not donating money to an organization and hoping that money makes it to those in need.
True charity is seeing that you have the means to make at least a single moment of a person’s life just a little better when they may be at their lowest. This help doesn’t have to be monetary; it just has to provide a means of making the world a better place.
This may be where this post takes a turn for the worse, but I feel as though I have to put this out there for my own personal vent.
Even if this happens on only a small scale–something tells me it doesn’t–I can’t stand to think that there are capapable people out there living on government assistance.
I don’t mean people that need help; I’m talking about a lifestyle.
There are people out there that refuse to get a job because they can scrape by on public assistance. There are others that work as little as possible so that their “government check” isn’t affected by their paycheck. People that work harder at not working than they would if they had a job.
These people make me sick. Taking foodstamps, public housing, medicaid, disability, etc. just so they don’t have to work. These types of assistance need a sunset clause attached to them. People should not be able to live off of them indefinitely.
It would be nice if people were required to work for their welfare check rather than have it just handed to them.
That is why this woman is a hero to me, she didn’t ask that other empty their pockets. She saw someone in need and decided to do what she felt was good and right.
She didn’t tell you that you needed to be taxed so that we can create several government jobs to collect and disperse those collected funds to others. She saw someone in need and took it upon herself to take care of at least one basic need.