By Eva Danino
As you drive through Houston I’m sure you all have seen the homeless standing on the corner asking for some spare change. Some of us happily give a dollar out the window, some of us try to keep our heads down and act like we don’t see these people.
We tend to forget they are someone’s son, someone’s daughter, someone’s friend. We all go through tough times, some of us fall harder than others, and sometimes it falls on us to help them back up.
Volunteering can not only change the lives of the people you help, but it can help you feel more positive, accomplished, and full of purpose. You don’t have to give a ton of time; give what you can. The other day as I was passing out food and water to the homeless I had the pleasure of meeting James Wilson. He is one of the homeless, and you can usually see him standing at the corner of I-290 and 1960 in Houston. What you don’t know about him is, despite the fact that he is homeless and has a lot of his own personal struggles, he finds it very important to give back.
James volunteers for Cy-fair Helping Hands twice a week and helps other homeless people get food, water and tents. When I asked why volunteers, he laughed and said “Because it feels good!” He also said he “wanted everyone to know it is not all about money! One of the biggest things we need, especially with the heat is water! So please give water out of your cars, and give food out of your cars if you can! Any little things helps, and its the little things that make a difference.”
Another person who is truly inspiring and making a difference is my friend Lucio. Lucio comes from a tough background and hasn’t always had the best life, but now he is lucky enough to have his own company and his own house; he is very blessed! Every Sunday Lucio feels the need to give back. To help make a difference, he holds a church ceremony for the homeless and anyone that wants to attend. He not only speaks to these people and gives them hope, he also barbecues for them, makes sure they are provided with water, and helps them find many other things they need. Lucio’s sermons are heartfelt and powerful, and anyone who wants is welcome to attend his church.
If you want to volunteer At Cy-fair Helping Hands you can visit them at their website is cyfairhelpinghands.org/ or call them at (281) 858-1222.
Eva Danino is our neighborhood contributor, bringing real life from the street to our real lives in business and community. We applaud her fresh eyes! Discover more about Eva at IWantNinja.com