I can’t wait for someone else to fix the ‘system’, to feed the homeless and hungry, to really listen to the addict, or to to do whatever needs to be done. I know that tonight there will be someone outside, homeless and cold. I don’t care why they’re homeless or what issues they may be dealing with. They’re hungry and they’re a member of my community.
That is totally unacceptable in this wealthy, beautiful, highly political city of Ottawa, Canada.
Tonight I’m going to McDonald’s to buy a whole bunch of value burgers, full of much needed protein, fat, and even a smile (I get pretty excited about McD’s- who doesn’t?). Maybe before McDonald’s I’ll stop at the grocer’s and pick up a case of pop. The whole kit might cost me 25 bucks and feed a dozen homeless people.
I am going to start with me- with what I can do, here, now- and create a better tomorrow for me and for my neighbor who lives outside. I am going to head downtown tonight and hand out happy food- pop and burgers. Changing the whole system might be too big for one person to do, but that is a sad excuse for doing nothing. Just because they’re on the street, doesn’t mean they don’t need our compassion TODAY.
Most people on the street are dealing with mental health and addictions issues. I’m sure if any of my readers encountered them in a hospital setting and they asked for help, they’d stop and help out however they could. You might consider looking into the ratios of mental health and addictions beds available to the number of those suffering from these issues- THEN consider ignoring someone’s plea for help when you encounter them on the street.
Tonight, I’m taking an hour of my time and less money than I might spend eating out with a single friend, and I’m feeding a dozen people, without judging them or requiring they meet certain criteria to receive my attention and help.
You can wait for someone else to take care of it, and change the system someday- maybe. I’m going to start with me- here, now.