Tenorio, Jeremiah Rigg F. MC1127 Feature Writing
For this Christmas holiday season, our family is doing something radically different. Our church pastor challenged the congregation in doing something nice for someone else for the Christmas season. You know, as it says in the Bible, "goodwill to men". We are carrying on that message to bring hope to people who are truly in need and it's made quite an impact on all who have taken on the challenge. As an example, take our family. We’re helping out at a homeless shelter, passing out blankets, toothbrushes/dental the colder months out of floss, small packets of Kleenex, and gently-used clothing to the people who are sheltering there during the year. We have met many people, young and old, disabled and able-bodied. We have made many friends. Some of the people we have come to meet include Vince, Rica and her little boy, Bob and others. Some of them have truly sad, heartbreaking stories to tell. Some ended up here through no fault of their own, but others, like Rica, Loco, Doo-Dad, and Shifty chose to become homeless and none of them have any intention of even trying to better themselves, so they can get off the street, they are happy playing the victim and having people feel sorry for them. And then there are those who were once homeless but now have managed to better themselves by getting employment or a place to live. They sometimes come to the shelter to visit old friends and to let the current batch of bums know that they can get off the street, if they just apply themselves or set goals that are attainable. Most are willing to try to leave the streets behind, but as I said, there are quite a few who don't even want to try. It’s those hard cases that break my heart the most. Nobody deserves to live on the streets, sponging off of people, especially if they are elderly. I have noticed that ever since we started...
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