I posted on the 620 CKRM Facebook page yesterday a little moment I had in my travels.
There was a trip to Carmichael Outreach to drop off a “In Memoriam” donation for a family member. The place was a buzz of activities.
The guy who wanted to use the washroom, but apparently, had to ask for toilet paper! There was the guy that was pumped to go play pool at Wonderland, and couldn’t wait! Even someone strolling through with a kitten.
It was, however, the moment that waited just around the corner that caught my attention.
I was heading West of the southside of the DoubleTree Hotel. It is a beautiful day, I’m thinking about a Starbucks coffee.
A pedestrian is walking towards me and throws their cup in the gutter. This bugs me, WHAT there’s a garbage can right HERE!
This person gets closer and I can hear and see that they are in a certain amount of distress. The young woman in her mid – twenties is softly sobbing.
She carries an old suitcase, is bundled up and trekking somewhere.
We pass. I come so close to asking her if there is anything I can do to. I actually stop in mid step, turn where she is now about 8 feet away. I consider shouting back or at least walking closer to ask what can be done. I don’t .. I’m not sure what I can do.
Was she sobbing because of a recent situation she may have just escaped from. Was she dropped off in Regina to fend for herself. Had she just lost a loved one. Perhaps there was some danger that had just been adverted.
During the week of International Women’s Day and shortly after World Day of Prayer, should we not have the tools to help these folks when we encounter such situations.
Take a quick look at the website of Carmichael Outreach. Our Harvard Broadcast family has helped the Soul’s Harbour family and I am always astounded at how many people they help.
If you are doing your spring cleaning this weekend, take a moment to look at the wants and needs of these facilities. Instead of filling our land-fill with useable items check out the list. New or gently used are greatly appreciated.
If you can make other donations of new items even better.
I know I need to reassess how to react the next time I encounter such a situation. Also knowing that each moment is different, sometimes we cannot help at all, but its nice to know how, if you are called upon.
When it comes down to it, helping might just be listening to someone or offering them a bit of kindness.