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Friday, August 24, 2012

Anything is a blessing

I am still choked up after what has happened to me today. Has this happened to you?
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Today I went shopping for a surprise dinner for my hubby (NOTE TO HUBBY: yes I did have a plan for dinner even when you asked me, hehe-evil laugh) and after the boys and I got back into the car, there was an elderly gentleman trying to start his car. You could tell by his dress and the state of his car that he was not by any means, well off, and was struggling to make ends meet. I asked him if he needed help. He said, "I could use a jump." I said, "sure", so I moved the car a space over for the cables, he pulled out worn out and duct taped cables. After 10 minutes or so no such luck starting the car. He came over to  the car and said, "Sorry I'm so frazzled, my daughter just called saying her grandmother passed away." My heart dropped for this poor man. For an additional 10 minutes, with two baking boys in the back seat, we waited..... After another few minutes, with his head low, he unhooked the jumper cables. And without a started car, I asked if he had someone he could call. He said he just lived up the street and he'd walk and come back for the car later. I handed him a warm water from the trunk, with tears in his eyes, he said, "thank you, for your help young lady." and off he went.
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As I was driving home, I couldn't help feeling guilty that he was walking in the heat and I was driving in my not quite working air conditioned car. I would have offered him a ride had I not been by myself with my two boys, but I still felt guilty. I do know; however, that this moment of the man's tear filled eyes giving me a heartfelt thank you for warm water from my trunk will indeed stick with me for a long time.
I also saw another man sitting on the corner by the exit from the store. He held a sign that said, "Anything is a Blessing."
There's my humbling moment for the day. I've never been comfortable giving the men and women on the corners money so today I've decided to assemble a few kits to give out to those that are in need. Whether it be a water bottle, a toothbrush, and few granola bars, or $1. Anything is a blessing.
Would you care to join me? In blessing the lives of those less fortunate than us.
Here's a list of items that I thought would be good to assemble into a gallon bag and give out.
Don't forget "Anything is a Blessing."

Soap- liquid or bar
Comb or Brush
Shaving cream
Sunscreen (summer)
Hat(summer/ winter)
Shampoo and Conditioner
Comb or brush
Bottled water
Hand sanitizer wipes
Kleenex packs
Granola bars/Trail mix/ Crackers and cheese/ Apple/ Yogurt Raisins (really anything that doesn't require heating or refrigeration)

What would you have done? Would you have given the elderly man a ride home? Or the man on the corner, what would you do?
Any other ideas to add to the list?

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  1. My parents started making bags to give out years ago and I continue to do so with my family. I like the feeling I get when I give and know I am following the Lord's commandments!

    1. What a great example your parents are, maybe one day my boys will do the same! :) Thanks Becky for your comment!

  2. I completely understand about the feeling guilty for not being able to help. A couple weeks ago I was at the grocery store and I saw a couple with a baby stroller loading their bags in their hands to walk home. I was all by myself but as I drove off in my big SUV with plenty of room, I just felt bad. But I was by myself. I hate that we live in such a different world that I'm too scared to help someone in need.
    Your idea is such a great idea. Besides me wishing I could do something more, I want my boys to learn to help others but I'm at a loss on how to do that. The ziplock bags sound like a safe way to feel like I've tried to help. Thanks for the idea. :)

    1. I also agree that it's terrible that sometimes we have to think the worst of people for our own safety, but it's true in what this world has become. I'm so glad that you feel the same, I've been able to hand out 2 bags (one of which I assemble right there in the parking lot before I handed it to the man) The other, it was another elderly gentleman and he also go teary eyed saying that his wife was sick and he didn't have money to get anything, I went shopping at another store and as I was driving home the man was still there but so was his wife, I stopped and handed her a can of Lysol spray, a book of sudoku puzzles and some chocolate. She just laughed and gave me a hug.
      It feels so good... it's such a small gesture but it means so much.

  3. You are so thoughtful. I'm not sure what else I would have done with that elderly gentleman. Well, I always have jumper cables so maybe I would have traded him his set for mine. And it's hard for me to pass by someone in need. I give what I can. I live in a small town with no one standing on the corner with signs. But once or twice a month we go to a larger city where there are. I'm always giving out money (not much) or food and water to those I pass by. Your post has inspired me though. I am going to make some kits up so I'm ready and can give a little more. Thank you for sharing your experience and example.