While doing errands this week Little Buddy and I drove past a man holding a sign that read, “Please help: Need money for food and Pampers.” His wife and two young children were standing next to him. It was the middle of the afternoon, and the sun was bright and hot.
My heart broke for this beautiful family. There was a grocery store nearby, so Little Buddy and I ran in and grabbed some healthy granola bars and organic chocolate milks. We rushed (as much as a mom can rush when her toddler wants to walk through the store instead of sit in the cart).
I hoped that would still be there when we came out, and they were. As I rolled down my window and handed the bag of groceries to the dad, he was genuinely appreciative. “Thank you!” he beamed, in broken English. “God bless you and your family.’
In my rearview mirror, I saw the kids eagerly tearing into the snacks, and I wished I had bought more. I truly hope to cross paths with this family again. If that does happen, my plan is to give them a larger load of groceries and then stop by the nearest church and talk to the pastor. I know that if someone did that at our church, our pastor would immediately buy the family a meal and then take it upon himself to make sure they received the help they needed.
Have you ever been in this situation? It can be disheartening when you give food or offer to buy a meal and the person turns up their nose and walks away, clearly only interested in money. We’ve all been there, and it stings. But this family was genuinely in need and clearly appreciative of any gift.