We know there may be various options for some hungry folks. Food banks, soup kitchens, cardboard signs. And, yet...
If your ship is sinking, ya' might just not take the time to draft up blueprints to build a perfect lifeboat. You might instead- grab at the first thing that floats, and hope that JUST MAYBE it can keep you alive until you find a better solution.
Even if we HAD all of this man's backstory, chances are I couldn't identify with it. I'm not the best choice to judge him, I know this for certain. It's hard to understand ANYONE'S situation without having walked a mile in their shoes... I haven't, I've been fortunate. And I'm thankful that this is the case.
It's easy to sit at the computer in my warm family room, with a snack I probably shouldn't eat next to the keyboard, and simply type 'get a job'. For me? Feels dismissive.
And yet, we're ALL just a step away from a hardship. And a lot of climbing back up depends on who's around to help steady and encourage you; I'm grateful for those who have (almost?) forgiven MY many mistakes.
And if 10 people ask the food bank, or a church, or their neighbor- to share their oh-no-my-ship's-sinking, floaty-piece-of-wood-thingy, perhaps they can only say yes to 2 of them, or they ALL go down.
There will likely be, among them- a few who frantically grab for someone else's, without taking the time to thoroughly interview them in order to fully grasp their ability to share it. Maybe... just MAYBE... we can all try to help them, too.
There are some who act based on assumptions drawn from a limited set of facts, which they may or may not be able to identify with. We would like to thank those of you, who instead- act on what you believe in your hearts. Admittedly, I've been some of EACH throughout my life. I mean, hell... I'm still kinda mad at Milli Vanilli for lip-synching.
We understand the conflicting perspectives. Sometimes, we THRIVE on them; they often collectively yield solutions (unless you're serving in Congress, apparently).
Our first reaction was anger, too. We're HUMAN, for crying out loud. We're hoping to respond in a positive way, perhaps make something GOOD come of it. We're not 'A Corporation'... just a bunch of PEOPLE who work together, and a community who supports us. To me, people trying to do the right thing is encouraging- whether or not one agrees with their approach.
I'm PROUD of our staff. And I'm proud of our community. And in this case... I'm proud of the media and the way they're handling this (they're stirring things up a mite, surprisingly- but all in all :)
One thing we're pretty sure of, is that more food will be distributed to many in need- as a result of your interest, your discussion, and your generosity. I would attribute some of this tremendous momentum, as well- to the barista who served the guy, and brought in cans from her cupboard the following day. Funny how this stuff snowballs, huh... I didn't expect Matt Lauer to report about it, either.
A SLEW of patrons have recognized the barista from news footage, and put their hands back in their pockets to more than make it up. You folks are AMAZING. People are reaching out from all over the WORLD, it's unbelievable. My faith in humanity is somehow building, when all I ever wanted was to live long enough to grow into a cranky old man someday. Go figure.
We don't have all the answers. And forgive me if I sound preachy... that's not me. I'm simply sharing one guy's opinion, right or wrong. I'm not perfect, either.
We are who we surround ourselves with, and I feel extremely fortunate to be surrounded by such a caring, loving community. And AWESOME STAFF. Thanks to all for contributing your thoughts. And your garbonzo beans.
p.s. and, directly to the kind gentleman who just rated us 'one star' with the comment 'America is watching and thinks you are dumb and stupid too'... Happy Holidays!
Reuters - In breaking news, adolescent Akron pit bull ‘Sunday’ was brutally attacked by a vicious 7-year old girl in Akron yesterday, and the dog remains in closely monitored condition.
‘Sunday’, a 3.5 year old Staffordshire Terrier, or ‘pit bull’, was cutting through her own family room, when without warning the young child escaped from her bedroom and slowly circled the unsuspecting dog.
In this dangerous West Akron neighborhood, children are often left in backyards unchained, and can occasionally be found riding bicycles at breakneck speeds. Sunday had been appropriately instructed on what to do if ever confronted by one of these vicious ‘children’, as we like to call them.
‘I stood kinda still, and wagged my widdle tail around in uncontrollable anticipation, and stuck my tongue out’, she said.
Reuters Newswire: Akron, OH
Local puppy, Evelyn Joyce Avery Whitley chewed completely through her owner Joe Fanta's left knee and surrounding tissue last weekend, freeing Mr. Fanta from a live bear trap he was working on in his basement.
Ok, admittedly, small portions of this story are a mite exaggerated. Her owner wasn't actually setting a bear trap. And he has no basement.
His last name isn't 'Fanta'; that's a Coke product. And the pup didn't actually chew the guy's knee... she's a total sweetheart, & we thought her spots were a good intro. We were clearly... horribly, terribly wrong.