Here You Go
It's been raining all day, I feel sorry for the street kids and their moms, and those other beggars for not having a home and anything to eat. I remember driving at 3am from my shift at the radio station, with a free box of Krispy Kreme. It was raining and I was at a stoplight, when this kid, shivering from the cold comes up to my window and begs for money. I didn't really have any with me so I decided to wrap some donuts with a napkin for him to have. He said his thank you and ran for shelter.
The common perception of Filipinos toward beggars is "Don't give them anything. Don't even give them money, they'll just use it for drugs". And this actually saddens me. The way you think, affects the way you act . If you think right away that these homeless people are nothing but bad news, you brush off whatever concern or sympathy you might actually have for them, and end up ignoring them forever, instead of trying to help in any way you can for them to survive that day. I have a friend who has a pack of crackers in his car, so that every time they beg at his window, he just hands out the crackers because he knows that what they need is something that could get them through the day.
I don't think Jesus ever said 'no' to those who needed help. He didn't say, "Hmm.. nahh, I'm not giving you bread, you don't seem like such a great person". The next time someone comes up to your car or you pass by someone sitting on the sidewalk begging, I encourage you to give even just a little, doesn't even have to be money! How about those left overs from the restaurant or a sandwich you forgot to eat at work?