If there is one problem that touches every community in the United States, it is homelessness and poverty. No matter what city you go to in this great nation, you’ll see people begging for money on street corners or sleeping on the steps of businesses or in alleys. Homelessness is a problem that needs to be dealt with on a political level.
People need support and skills to get out of the pits of poverty they have fallen into, many times at no fault of their own. Anyone can become homeless. That’s the scary thing about it. Massive medical bills and mental health issues are some of the top reasons people are forced out of their homes and onto the streets. And those problems do not discriminate.
Homeless shelters and charities offer some comfort to those in need. But with the problem at all-time highs, they are overcrowded and hard places. It is not easy for a person to find rest at one of these sanctuaries.
Sometimes strangers offer support when they see someone in need. While giving money to beggars on the street is one thing, if you can tell that a person is homeless from bad luck alone, a helping hand could be just the lift they need to get back on their feet.
One man who was homeless walked into a popular restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee called Huey’s. He was starving and only had $2 to his name. While most establishments would force a homeless man out of their restaurant, Dawn Wilt watched this man in need approach the bar. She was a paying customer and could tell this man did not have any money.
Behind the bar, Beck greeted the stranger with kindness. “What can I get you, man?”
As Dawn listened, she heard the homeless man admit he only had $2. He asked what the most he could get for that little bit of money was.
Without any hesitation, Beck told him that a burger was coming right up. All the man had to do tell him if he wanted onion rings or fries with it.
The man instantly replied, “God bless you.”
At that moment, Beck saved his life. When the bartender asked the man what he needed to drink, the man in need simply asked for water. During a Memphis summer, everyone knows how thirsty he must have been.
Dawn was in awe of Beck’s generosity.
“They gave the food to him to go, and I swear when it came out it was way more than he ordered or paid for. I say cheers to Beck for having a HEART.”
If you remember the classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Dawn thought Beck reminded her of the bartender in that flick. You might remember the iconic line, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”
That’s what sparked Dawn to write, “Beck, you get the wings today. Made my heart smile.”
When we see a homeless person, it’s easy to look the other way and ignore them. But what Beck did was better.
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