Brother Can You Spare a $5?

Day 273
Listening to: Who’s Johnny
Thought for the day: “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11

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Day 9 Lent – Buy a few $5 fast food gift cards to give to homeless people you encounter.

I altered Day 9 a tad………..

The Nashville Contributor Newspaper is produced by and for the homeless people in our town. Vendors, who are homeless, sell the paper on street corners throughout the city. The intent is to provide homeless and formerly homeless newspaper vendors with a source of income. The cost of each paper is $1 (or whatever a customer chooses to pay). Today instead of giving the homeless I encountered $5 gift cards, I gave every Contributor vendor I encountered $5. When I went to give one of the vendors my $5 (instead of the requisite $1), he looked at me as if I’d given him a $100 bill and said in a surprising voice, “Do you need change?” I said, “ummm no.” He said, “Really?” I said, “YES!” He said, “ARE YOU SURE?” I said, “Of course I’m sure.” He smiled really big and said, “WELL GOD BLESS YOU M’AM.” Do people really only give these vendors $1 each time?

FIVE MEASLY DOLLARS. WHAT THE HELL? I was in total shock. I’m not sure I’ll ever look at a $5 bill the same again.

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