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Volunteer Kiara Sorts Scarves among Their Other Duties at Just a Warm Sleep

Updated: May 29, 2019

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

I was raised to believe that people who are homeless or asking for change were always “bad people”. I have since changed my views, in part thanks to volunteering at 1JustCity and will always give them at least a wave, say hi or make eye contact. Last Monday I was coming out of a great therapy session when this man approached me. He asked me for some change and I reached into my pocket and sadly only gave him $1.25 because that’s all I had. As I gave it to him, I looked down and noticed his shoes. His shoes were duct taped together and they didn’t look comfortable at all. He explained that these were all he had and thanked me for the change I gave him. He could tell I wished it was more change.  He then asked me if I could help him out even further. I was hesitant, but I said yes. He said he needed bus tickets and wanted to know if I could get him some. We walked to the “Circle K” (formerly Mac’s) and I spent $13 and bought him 5 bus tickets. As we walked out, he was smiling. He told me that he just got out of the hospital and couldn’t find a way to his next destination.  I hope it was a safe place to stay.  He shook my hand and then thanked me profusely. I told him that he should find a way to get new shoes, and he said that he would when he got his next paycheque, that he was going to get some Air Jordan’s. We both laughed and he walked to the bus stop and got onto the next bus that came. There’s a stigma. A stigma that these people only want change to buy drugs or alcohol. That these people choose to live on the streets. That is not the case. The kindest, most loving people I have ever met are those who are needing a little help themselves. It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day, and by spending $13, that I could have used on myself, I made this man’s day. I gave him a way to get home and gave him hope. Not only did it help him, it put a smile on my face and warmed my heart. So in a way I did spend it on myself!

Kiara- 1JustCity Volunteer