Not so random acts of kindness
Organized by: Gracie Pollicino
A couple of months ago I was waiting at a light to turn at a busy intersection. I was the third or fourth car in line and at the corner was a homeless man holding his sign, waving as people drove by...not bothering anyone...the first car rolled down the window, and the man approached, thinking they were offering some change or something...instead the passengers tossed their trash out the window at him and we're yelling some colorful expressions...the man had some comebacks of his own but was walking away from the car, obviously upset by the driver's senseless, demeaning act. As if that wasn't enough, the driver then get out of the car and begins beating this man senseless. At this point the light has turned green and instead of the people in the other cars getting out to help, they're driving around the bully's car and continuing on with their day. So I pulled over, rolled down my window and told the driver to get in his car and go because I'm on the phone with the cops and they're on their way. He drove away, I checked to make sure the homeless man was alright, went across the street to kroger, got a to go meal and a basic first aid kit and returned to this poor guy to help him get cleaned up. I've lived in the Columbus area for almost 4 years and never really noticed the homeless population until that day. Im not one to give out money, cause 1. I don't really trust people i don't know. 2. There are hustlers out there. 3. Ummm i dont have extra money, ever. So instead i keep snacks in my car to offer to those on the corners who are freezing and hungry. Sometimes if theyre close to my place ill tell them to hangout a few more minutes, and ill go make them a sandwich or heat up some leftovers i have hanging out and bring it back to them. I've been doing this little routine for about 3 months now and have 9 or 10 people I see regularly throughout the week, just in my regular travels. I don't always have something to offer but when I do, I do what I can...I also smile at them, say hello, use their names and if I have a few minutes we'll talk for a bit. I've heard some crazy stories, met some really lovely people and I want to ask for some help to help them out this winter. Those who know me, know I'm a bargain shopper so your donations will be super stretched. Any donations I get will be going to groceries to make meal packs for any and all folks I see struggling on the street. I would also like to buy a stock pile of the following: hats, gloves, thermal socks, hand warmers and some basic hygein products. Ill keep these in my car to pass out in my travels. The people I've met like Pops, Mama, Jessie, Alex and Jeff...just to name a few... are often splitting a simple turkey sandwich between three...soup kitchens and shelters get full quickly, just because they're sitting on a corner or at a bus stop, doesn't make them criminals or worthless...even people on death row get fed...pay it forward and help me help some people who could use any warmth we can offer this winter. To assure that your money is being used wisely, I'll post photos of receipts and packs I put together. Let's try and make it a happy new year for more than just ourselves...pay it forward people.