Do you ever stop when you see a homeless person on the corner with a sign saying that they will work for food or the like, and give them some money?
Many people don’t since they assume that the beggar will just spend it on booze or drugs, which some of them do. But, I don’t really like to think of it that way. I’d like to imagine that they are going to use the money I give them to buy themselves something to eat. The reality of the matter is that they are homeless and are out in public begging for money.
So, if I have some extra money to give I usually do.
Homelessness is really about a lack of connectedness with family and/or community.
A simple act of kindness can be more meaningful than you think in helping a person to recover from being homeless.
In Bulgaria, an old Italian tradition is still going strong despite the rising tension and social unrest sweeping the country over the deepening poverty.
Good souls are buying hot drinks for those who are struggling to make ends meet. More than 150 cafés across the country have joined together for this initiative dubbed “caffe sospeso,” which literally means “suspended coffee.”
The tradition originated in the cafés of Italy’s southern city of Naples, where people would pay in advance for one or several coffees without drinking them. Later, if a customer in need came strolling in and asked if there was a “suspended coffee” available, they would be greeted with a hot drink without being charged.
This way of giving back to the less fortunate has spread all over the world. In some places, you can even order a suspended meal, which can be given to them.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such cafés or even grocery stores in every town where the less fortunate can easily find hope and support?