Every Monday I take part in feeding the homeless in a park. Last night a new lady was there. It was freezing cold out, and she was dressed only in light sweatpants, sweatshirt and flip flops. She got her food, and I tried to talk to her but she didn't respond to anyone. To the point that Im wondering if she is deaf. Anyway, I pointed out the area where we had some bins of coats and sweaters so she could look through them. There was also a large rubbermaid bin of small soaps, shampoos and the single wrapped Always pads you get out of vending machines. I mean, the bin was full so there were probably 100s of them.
She jammed some clothes on top of all of this hygeine stuff, and took off running with it. One of my staff stepped out and said, "you don't need to run, we can bag stuff for you". But she just ran faster, and she tripped over a concrete barrier in the parking lot. She skidded facedown over that cold asphalt, and really ripped up her face. I went over and helped her up, and wiped the blood off the best I could with my mittens, and the whole time I was telling her "you dont need to run, you can take whatever you need. Let us help you."
She wasn't wearing anyting under her sweats so when she fell, and skidded like that, her pants got pulled down past her knees, and I just felt so sorry for her. I wanted to help her more, but she ran off, and I saw her at the other edge of the park holding her wrist like it really hurt. That picture of her has been stuck in my head all night and today.
Have you ever had anything like that happen? Where you had a mental image you just couldn't shake?
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It is very sad. She is either mentally ill or on drugs unfortunately. How sad for this to happen in the USA. You are a very good person to help her. You know she may be HIV positive or have Hepatitis C? Maybe wear rubber gloves next time you touch any blood or bodily fluid.
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