The struggles that homeless people face daily to secure basic necessities is heartbreaking. Without a place to call home and a lack of money to buy the things they need, getting proper nutrition is just one of the difficulties that homeless people face. A restaurant owner found a way to help those in need after discovering that they were dining from the dumpster behind her establishment.
She offered an invitation, at no charge, to dine inside rather than relying on those items tossed in the dumpster, providing a free option for those who needed a meal, as well as a bit of dignity.
Ashley Jiron, owner of P.B Jams restaurant in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, had noticed that homeless people were eating out of her dumpsters each night and decided to make things right. Ashley told ABC News: “I had gone to the back to go put some trash in the dumpster, and I had noticed that some bags and containers with food were emptied and gone through. Immediately, of course, my heart sank, and I knew I needed to do something about it right away.”
She added, “Unfortunately, I was not able to see that person or have the chance to talk to them or invite them in, so I thought that leaving a note might do the trick for me and get them in for me,” she said.
She put a note next to the dumpsters with an invitation: “To the person going through our trash for their next meal, you’re a human being are worth more than a meal from a dumpster. Please come in during our operating hours for a PB&J, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked. – Your friend, the owner.”
What an amazing and kind gesture. As Ashley further explained to KFOR: “I will not take down that sign until they come in.”
Ashley told ABC News that she could relate to this type of struggle and that her note just made sense, saying: “I am a mother of two little girls and I’ve struggled like a lot of single parents out there, and I’ve had to ask for state assistance food stamps and such. Sometimes at the end of the month there wasn’t enough to feed me and my family. Something as simple as even just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is very comforting to somebody and maybe even offer them a few words.”
She continued to explain that she really just wanted to extend the invitation in hopes that someone would take advantage of the kindness, saying: “I don’t know if that person will ever come in with the attention this has gotten, because it could be pride. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s pride that’s not my intention at all; I just wanted to feed them something simple.”
Ashley noted that her note received a lot of praise on social media, explaining: “It has been so incredible the kind of support from everyone messaging and writing me and thanking me for something so simple that I thought was just second nature.”