Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
Two months ago before Christmas, M walked up to me and said she needed sneakers. She was wearing slip-on sandals and her feet were pretty sore. I found a size that she needed and put them in the car for the next time I’d see her. We kept missing each other and not being able to connect. I was bummed as I knew she needed some protective and practical footwear, but my efforts were fruitless when I attempted to find her. I left the sneakers in the car because I knew eventually we’d connect. I dropped a car load of supplies off to our friend at Prevention Point Philly and as I was leaving I saw M out of the corner of my eye. I knew it was her all bundled up because she still had slip-on sandals on. I turned to her and said, “M, I got a size 9 for you! I’ve been looking for you for a while!” She smiled from ear to ear. She quickly came over and accepted the sneakers. She tried one on and I saw her springing up and down and she started to giggle. She “jumped” over to me and gave me a huge hug and didn’t let go. She smiled and said, “You promised me before Christmas and you kept your word. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!” She let go of me. Looked at her feet. Smiled some more and then hugged me again. I raised my phone to signal I wanted to snap a pic. She agreed and posed and still had the smile on her face. I told her to take care and behave and I’d see her soon. She continued to smile and thanked me and turned away as I got in my car to drive off. That five minute encounter was all I needed to know that for one more day, one more person had some comfort and joy — no matter how small it may be. It doesn’t take much to make somebody else’s day. All you need to do is take a bottle of water, a pair of gloves, hat, a candy bar, or something as simple as a smile and just pay forward to someone in need. The results are more rewarding than you can ever imagine! 🏽
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