Yesterday I was taking my nephew home and we were stopped at a red light. I see a man holding up a sign saying "homeless with 4 kids and can't find a job, Please help" I reached in my wallet and pulled out a $5, it was all I had since I rarely carry cash, and gave it too him. The light turns green and we pull away. My 10 year old nephew looks at me asks why I would give someone I don't know money? I explained to him that the man was homeless and needed the money. He again asked why because he couldn't understand it. (his parents wouldn't do stuff like that) I then told him that I can spare $5 when I know I have a home and food in my fridge to go home to, that man my not. He asked my what if he was faking being homeless? I told him he could be and there are some that do, but I believe in karma and what you put out you get back. I told him I believe if people were nicer and helped their fellow man this world would be much better. I also explained there are other ways to help though, like going to a soup kitchen and helping serve food. He asked if I would take him to do that and I said I would.
*Just to add I'm not out on the streets giving away thousands a year, since he claimed to have kids it kind of hit home. I'm not saying everyone should be giving panhandlers cash, the lesson I was teaching my nephew was that old saying " never look down on someone, unless your helping them up." My family is so blessed, I try to teach my son and my nephew to give back and be kind to others.*
on Mar. 3, 2013 at 7:29 AM