What small acts of kind­ness can do for the home­less

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “What to do when the beg­gar has a baby,” July 2 Chuck Plun­kett col­umn.

I found my­self in agree­ment with al­most ev­ery­thing Chuck Plun­kett wrote re­gard­ing what to do when con­fronted with home­less fam­i­lies.

It is tragic that in Amer­ica we have peo­ple with chil­dren who must beg on our streets. In ad­di­tion to car­ry­ing the bless­ing bags Plun­kett re­ferred to, why not carry a sup­ply of clean blan­kets, coats and gloves in the trunk of the car? You can get these from Good­will or ARC or buy them on sale from big dis­count stores. Carry a case of bot­tled wa­ter, too. Go the ex­tra yard and carry bags of dog treats be­cause there are plenty of peo­ple in need who couldn’t bear to part with their pets.

Act­ing like home­less peo­ple are in­vis­i­ble is not only de­grad­ing to them, it’s un­kind and in­hu­mane of you. Small acts of gen­eros­ity go a long way to mak­ing peo­ple feel like, “Yes, I am still part of some­thing beyond this cor­ner and this card­board sign.” Many of us are just one pay­check away from be­ing in their shoes. How we treat our poor is the true mea­sure of any de­cent so­ci­ety. In this day and age it be­hooves us all to be the best cit­i­zens we can be.

Jen­nifer Gor­don, Den­ver

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