I was thinking about a fellow blogger’s dilemma. Actually I think about her a lot. I think about how she has sacrificed everything, hanging on to her dignity to reach out to total strangers. What absolutely amazes me is the reluctance of others to help, even with a few dollars.
We see homeless people on the street. They weren’t born there. They started from a place where the bottom finally let loose, there was nothing else to hold on to, no one else to approach for help, nowhere else to GO. It is a turning point that most of us can only imagine. Lucky us.
So, when you have the opportunity to do such a SIMPLE and SELFLESS thing for someone that could be the difference between security in their home and being on the street, why do we hesitate to do it?
Is it because we would really miss that ten dollars?
Is it because we think they will ask for more?
Is it because we question their story?
Is it because we think it is wrong for them to ask?
Is it because we think our small contribution wouldn’t make a difference?
Is it because we have no time?
Is it because we think they don’t work hard enough?
These are questions we may never have the all the answers to. However, we throw a dollar into a hat and hope for the best ( or maybe assume the worst). We donate money to charities without always researching their administrative costs.
In this case, one human being has bared her soul, shared the personal financial details of her mortgage, her bills and her urgent situation. Most of all, she has shared her heart.
Her heart is GIVING. Her heart is STRONG. Her heart is GRATEFUL.
I have never met her. As much as I’d like to, I don’t need to in order to know that she deserves any help that she is given. I don’t need to research her. All of the facts are on her blog. I will not miss the very small offering I have given her. I KNOW that it made a difference. She has not asked for more. I do not question her story. I don’t think it’s wrong of her to ask for help because that is ALL she has left right now. I believe she IS working hard to change her situation. Some situations cannot be resolved without a helping hand. This is one of them.
Her most urgent need at the moment is to keep her power on in her mobile home. She needs 145 dollars to do this. YES, she has many other needs! That is what happens when you spiral into poverty. It doesn’t mean that things won’t change. It just means that RIGHT NOW, assistance is needed.
If TEN nice people gave TEN dollars, it would help her more than we can ever know. It eliminates one of the burdens on her shoulders, giving her more time and strength to deal with the others.
Her name is Cheryl and her story is at allbuthomeless.wordpress.com
You can donate many ways but to help with her immediate power bill, all the necessary information to do this is on one of her posts at:
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
I will leave you with a quote from one of her recent posts because I admire her writing skills and her philosophical thoughts.
“ If you have to overthink the deed , analyze, speculate or procrastinate or even doubt despite your ability to make a difference , you probably shouldn’t do it. Because, certainly if it causes you angst, you will find no satisfaction in your generosity .”
~Cheryl~ (“Hot Southern Mess”)
Ten from ten.
Are you in??