I just had an interesting object lesson in charitable behavior. This Saturday morning I volunteered with our St. Peter’s Men’s Group to collect food for SERVE, a local food pantry that had to close its doors because they’d run out of food. We stood in front of a Giant grocery store and asked people entering to buy non-perishable items to donate on their way out. Many of the people driving Mercedes and other high end vehicles wouldn’t even look at us. The largest donation I received was given by an interesting couple–a large black woman and a skinny little white guy, both relatively young, who arrived pushing a rickety old bicycle. They donated two large armfuls of food, including water for us volunteers. They were homeless, living in a tent in the woods. The guy said he’d been helped by SERVE a time or two but he could eat now because he was on food stamps. They could afford to miss a meal or two to help those who needed food more. They left with a tiny sack with their lunch. Who are the truly rich among us?
Thank you Rich for sharing this story.