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#1 posted 12-06-2018 02:29 PM

I have a buddy who anytime a homeless person asks for $ gives it to them. And he’s a young married college student who works full time and owns a house. So, it ain’t because he has cash to burn. So we’re leaving a restaurant one night and a woman walks up obviously tweaking and starts a story about her car ran out of gas and she just needs to raise some cash for a tank of gas to get the rest of the way home, etc. etc.

So I immediately say “sorry, I don’t have any cash” (which was the truth for the record) but my buddy gives the girl the last $5 in his wallet and asks his wife if she has a five which he handed her as well.

So I said, “you know that is going to buy meth, not gas, right?”

He replied “most likely but I did what I could do and shared what I’ve been blessed with. My part is done now. What she uses the money for is her responsibility, not mine”

That kinda stuck with me. I find myself often “evaluating” whether or not someone asking for money is deserving of my cash or whether it would be better used in the hands of the next person to ask for it. But, his simple outlook takes the pressure off. Now I try to just give what I can whenever I’m asked and not worry about whether it’s spent on diapers or at the liquor store. That part ain’t my responsibility.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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