Sadly, the homeless have become a normal part of our bigger cities, but now it’s nothing new to see the homeless walking around in smaller communities. Just the other day I saw a man sitting at a McDonald’s in Meridian, MS. He had ragged clothes, and looked so sad. He was carrying a plastic bag of his belongings. He sat on the curb by the drive thru and all of us getting food. I can’t judge anyone because all I did was stare.
People who are down on their luck, and generally ignored by the public. Walking highways, and streets looking for someone to reach out and help. There are some so lost that they just want to stay drunk and high. Hungry, the type of hunger that none of us have known. A situation that can make a person desperate and do things they normally wouldn’t. This can happen to anyone. Yes, even you and your family. What if it was your family? Would you recognize them?
Recently, Make Them Visible conducted an experiment. It asked volunteers pretend to be homeless. Then have their own families walk by. Shockingly, people did not even notice that their loved ones were on the street. We are so numb to the fact that humans become a part of the scenery as we go along our lives. It is very heartbreaking. People are simply forgotten. Check out the video here: Make Them Visible
Everyone has a story and it deserves to be told. We are the only one that will ever be, and we all deserve the very basics of life. The worst months for the homeless is winter. We can all help by helping get them off the streets and into a warm area. Provide them with food and blankets. Lead or take them to food and shelter. Imagine if it was you or your Mother. It could happen. They should never have to feel shame. Every should count.