I drive by the same homeless people every morning and every evening, filled with guilt if I don't give them something. Of course, most of the time I don't (mainly because I don't carry cash), but sometimes if I have a little in my wallet I'll give. Sure, they may buy cigarettes or wasteful things, but I don't judge. If I choose to give it to them, they can choose how to spend it. I think if they stand out in 100 degree weather all day long in the summers just to beg for a couple of dollars, then they've earned the right.
Last week I was in Walgreens and a couple I've seen on the side of the road begging for money were counting their change to buy deodorant, toothpaste and water. They didn't have enough for their items, so I offered to buy their items for them. As I walked to my car, carrying my bag of Diet Coke, gum and makeup, I realized how much I take for granted every day. It never ever occurred to me that some people don't even have the basics like deodorant or a toothbrush. I know that sounds so shallow - but it's just not something I typically think about. They've just always been there for me, or available at the store.
Ok, ok...I'm getting to the Pinterest part....just stick with me...
I was talking to Mike that night, telling him how I never thought about this before, and I said "What if I asked a homeless person to meet me every Tuesday at Walgreens and I'd buy them some essentials? I think I could do that." He looked at my like I was crazy of course. He said, "I don't know if you want to get into all that...it's a great idea, but you just never know."
But I kept thinking about it. How could I help?
As I was browsing Pinterest tonight, I found a solution. Something that makes so much sense, but yet it never occurred to me...but someone else was smart enough to think of this...
This was pinned as a "Blessing Bag" and the note under it reads "Blessing bags (keep in car to give to homeless). I think this is a lovely and thoughtful idea." I could totally see Walker (who always wants me to give money to the people on the side of the road) handing these to people. I think it would be a great way to show him how to help others and feel like I was giving these people something that just might make their day.
Of course, I'm not going to make 50 of these and hand them out like a crazy person, budget can't take that, but I think we may just run to the store and put a couple of these together to keep in our car.
What about you guys, any other ideas out there of how to help?