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All That Sparky Water, the Homeless & An Idea

Sunday, September 24, 2017

So walking into and out of Camden Yards, depending on where one parks, homeless people and beggars are there. I've seen people be generous, but more often act insensitively (ignore them).

As they were growing up, I told our kids "No one chooses to be homeless or to have to beg. They easily made poor decisions that led to their circumstance and conditions, but no one winds up this way voluntarily." In response to "Why does anyone give them money, when it just probably gets used for alcohol or drugs?" My answer always was "If that is what happens, it will happen anyway. You are not going to create a substance dependency habit by a single act of generosity. Maybe they buy food, though, too."

Last night, while walking out of the ballpark and preparing to encounter a handful of placard-holding, donation-cup-wielding homeless people on our walk back to the parking lot, I hit upon a new (to me) idea. I would give the homeless men and woman something they would need and could use, tangibly, and without directly supporting a substance abuse habit. With a few $1 bills in my pocket, I bought water bottles from the street vendors, who always sell them for cheap to departing fans ($3 on the way in, but $1 on the way out).

I then handed an unopened water bottle to each homeless person we encountered. I was complimented for this by a couple of strangers on the same sidewalk, to whom I offered "I think it's safe to assume that the one thing they all have in common is some measure of dehydration." Yes, being a good Sparky has me thinking about water all the time.

I felt bad about the Orioles and mathematical elimination from playoff contention, but also felt that I had hit upon a good deed and (what will be for me), an ongoing personal practice. I felt bad for my inner baseball fan, but good for me.

So what do you think? Bottled water for the homeless?
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    emoticon I did basically the same thing only I went to McDonalds and bought a meal for homeless family. Hey, Red Sox won the Division. My Mom is very very happy.
    1151 days ago
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  • NEWMOM20121
    Great idea.
    1155 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Am I the only one doing your step challenge????????????
    1155 days ago
    A thoughtful idea! I, too, was thinking about how would you have it handy walking out of the stadium. Maybe walking in would work better.
    1156 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    Something I have done as well.
    1156 days ago
    Definitely a good idea! I've always been willing to buy a meal for someone who is homeless or just looks destitute. We have several people who hang out around the place where we sometimes have breakfast, and DH and I both happily buy them a cup of coffee, a bagel, whatever. Seems like the best solution all around!
    1156 days ago
    Great idea. emoticon
    1156 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Water, protein bars, fresh fruit.
    1156 days ago
    I always love to read your blog posts. I think it's a great idea. You've hit on a simple and helpful solution.

    Thank you for posting.
    1156 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1156 days ago
    That's awesome! For those who are less fortunate, I offer my humble thanks.
    1156 days ago
    I am glad you gave a food/beverage instead of $. It is more needed than anything. There are many homeless in the town I live in, or just plain poor people begging for food. I live in a poor neighborhood and sometimes I see people begging for food or anything that helps (they have signs) that actually live in this neighborhood, either have an apt., live off of someone who does or are homeless (apparently, there have been some homeless people camping out in a wooded area at the end of the street).
    There are also people who choose, believe it or not, to be homeless. For whatever reason. This may be hard to believe, but it is true. BUT the vast majority of homeless do NOT choose to be, you are right about that.
    There are beggars who are scammers also. A major freeway plows right through my town. I once saw a man who I knew was not homeless wearing a hospital gown over his clothes, sitting in a wheelchair, carrying a sign and he had a fake IV bag on a pole. I knew nothing was wrong with him and I IGNORED him. Another time, I drove by a young teenage couple with a very pregnant girl lying on a blanket. I drove by later and she was removing the fake pregnancy belly from under her shirt. Maybe she was in the early stages of pregnancy, maybe not.

    Here is how I handled beggars when I attended college in Chicago: if I had the money (seldom, but sometimes) I would buy food and hand it to them. I have often thought of putting together small kits in ziploc bags, with travel size toothpaste, deodorant, face wipes etc. That was when I drove and had a car of my own. It just wasn't feasible for me financially. My town is supposedly building a homeless shelter now with access to health and social services. Sort of a one-stop care center. I hope that is true.

    You have a kind heart, and that is what the world needs more of, like that song, what the world needs now is love sweet love. Any body helping someone in any way they can is a blessing.
    1156 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/25/2017 5:08:43 PM
    I think it's a great idea!!!
    1156 days ago
    Yes indeed water is good for all and it was so kind of you to do and def made a good example to others as well. Not something people usually carry around with them BUT socks are much needed by the homeless as well.

    You motivated me and I will stop by the store today and buy some to have handy in my car for those red light stops.

    Thanks BOSS man have a SUPER Sunday !!!
    1156 days ago
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  • NEPTUNE1939
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    1156 days ago
    I'm pretty sure where I live, the bottle of water would get thrown against my car. Our corner beggars are pretty adamant that they only want cash.
    Sorry to go off on a tangent. I have a disabled adult daughter and I sometimes think it would be more productive to go stand on a street corner and ask for money than to do all the paperwork required by social security, the state, the county and the city. Then the paperwork is 'lost' about 70% of time, or the process changes, or a new person decides they want something else.
    1156 days ago
    What a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing from another Orioles fan!
    1156 days ago
    Good gesture
    1156 days ago
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