Vets & The Homeless

I am basically venting today so forgive me if I bore you.  I have just been thinking about the holidays and all those people who have nowhere to go and nothing to eat.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then comes Christmas.

I have a couple of friends who are in a project with me.  We are trying to establish a “Soup Kitchen” and building where the homeless in our community can come in to get breakfast and then have a place to stay inside where it is warm.  We are not able to do a shelter, but we do want to be able to provide a place for them to sit and read or study the Bible, socialize with others, play cards, work on puzzles, etc. etc. etc.  We do have a semi-shelter in town that will allow a person to stay overnight but only once every 30 days.  I’m having trouble understanding why there are not more places to help these people out.

It is a shame also the way the Veterans are treated, but that is something that has been going on for years and years.  I think it is shameful to witness the disrespect and uncaring attitude so many of the people have toward them.  Personally I don’t care if you don’t like war or think we have no business getting involved in others’ wars.  Our brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, dads and moms are putting their lives on the line to keep the US safe.  If we don’t fight the war over there, we will eventually be fighting the war over here.  Our servicemen and women go above and beyond the line of duty to keep America free.

There is so much discontent and fear rampaging the US now that we need to step back and take a look at the reasons we are safer than other countries.  What do some of these veterans come home to?  Are they given jobs?  Are they given good healthcare?  NO!  In many instances they are disrespected, spit on or cursed.  Now I know that there are many citizens who appreciate what our troops have done to keep us safe and free, but I see the homeless and the veterans who are suffering and it burns within me to DO SOMETHING!

I know we can’t help everyone but I saw a post the other day that said we can help at least one person.  Just think about that concept.  If each person committed to help one person survive the holidays and beyond, what a difference we would make in our own little circle of influence!  People are always saying they are strapped for cash and yet some always have the money to smoke, drink, gamble, eat out or get their daily latte.  If each person sacrificed one of their treats daily, by the end of the week they could probably go to McDonald’s or Subway or KFC or wherever and buy a meal for someone who has not had anything to eat all day or maybe all week!

Let’s think about that for awhile and see what we can do this next week.  Let me know how it goes – I love success stories!!!