Granny's post today: How To Help Without Money
Although my story today is somewhat unrelated, it is about an attempt to help out, to give without giving "money".
I remember a fellow hitting me up for some cash once. I was downtown in a church parking lot. I asked him what he needed the money for. He claimed: transit fare to the Greyhound station and enough money for a 1-way ticket to Red Deer (a city about 90 minutes north). I told him I would DRIVE him to Greyhound and PURCHASE a ticket for him because I didn't have any cash on me. He immediately pointed out the convenience of a bank - across the street - where I could get him some cash! You obviously see what I saw here, right? This fellow was rather persistent, so I decided to see how long he'd drag this out. I think I bantered with him for about 20 minutes as I scraped the windshield of my van and got ready to head for home. I told him flat out in no uncertain terms that I would not give him cash. He kept talking!
"Well, I live at the men's shelter and I'd have to get my stuff from the locker."
"So, let's go... I'll take you there. I have lots of time."
"Um. well, you see... they only allow us access to the lockers between 9 and 10 tonight"
"That's fine, it's 8:15, by the time we get there it will be only a short wait."
I guess I wore him down. He accepted my offer!
"I juuuussst need to get somethin' from the store, man."
"Sure, you run across and I'll pull up outside the store - we can go when you're ready."
I saw him run across the street and around the corner toward the front of the store. I pulled around to the front of the building. My newly found friend wasn't to be seen. I could see in the window and it was obvious he wasn't in the store. So, I paused for a few minutes in case he changed his mind, then I headed for home.
I'll help just about anybody, because I've often been on the receiving end of a good hand. I do, however, have a need to know that my hard-earned resources aren't being wasted on destructive endeavours.
Any stories to share?