Working in a small non-profit day shelter for homeless men has taught me countless lessons. One lesson being that absolutely no donation is too small, but some definitely are priceless. This is the story of one small donation that made a big impact.
Last week, the shelter was hustling and bustling more so than usual, thanks to more men seeking shelter from the cooler temperatures and due to a shortage of staff. As I helped at the front desk, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted one of our regular guests, Christian, making his way over to one of my colleagues who was standing next to me. He greeted her and handed her something, instructing her to give it to our boss. My colleague smiled and thanked him, and as he walked back to his seat, she explained that Christian had donated $5 to be put toward the day shelter’s water bill. Apparently, he made the same donation the prior week.
I am not sure why he decided to donate money toward the water bill, but I am sure that this donation is invaluable. While $5 may not mean much to most people these days, it definitely means a great deal to those who are homeless. Even this small amount of money can prove to be a huge asset in the acquisition of and/or bartering for food, clothing, and other resources on the streets. So, the fact that Christian donated $5 toward the water bill on two separate occasions was extremely generous, in addition to being touching.
Christian gave all that he could with no hesitation, and there are no adequate words to convey our gratitude to him for this most kind gesture. In a culture of “what’s in it for me”, it was so heartwarming to witness someone who has so very little give so very much. Paying the water bill never felt quite as special as it does this month thanks to Christian.
Just one thing each day . . .