I am sure everyone has heard about the NY City Policeman who bought a pair of socks and boots for a homeless man in Times Square, this act of kindness has been on the news and all over the internet, this man has been thrust into the limelight so to say, I applaud this policeman for making time to help someone in need.
This homeless man is said to have been seen on the street again barefoot, stating that he fears for his life and has hidden the boots due to safety concerns, his image has hit the web without his permission and the value of those boots could cost him his life.
It has also been reported that he is not actually homeless, he actually has an apartment in the Bronx paid for by the federal government. So with this said does this man really need help?
My problem with all of this is that the act of compassion from this Police Officer was made into a public spectacle; I feel that he did not do this for publicity; he did it because he felt this man needed help.
We always take a chance when we donate anything in this manner, a lot of people refuse to give handouts stating things like “all they want the money for is drugs or alcohol” we have a lot of people on the streets who are not necessarily drug addicts or alcoholics, so this excuse is unacceptable in my opinion.
I think donations and giving someone a hand should remain private in a sense, no ones act of compassion should go viral, simply because sometimes the person in need will be embarrassed enough without having their image splashed across the web.
And if by chance the person who gave the handout actually gets duped, and their image is displayed everywhere, everyone will have ammunition to stop giving while laughing at the person who was duped, “See I told you so, you should just ignore those people”
Now that wintertime is upon us there is a large number of people on the streets who would greatly benefit from the gift of boots, socks, gloves, blankets and food.
Help our people in need when you can, by giving what you feel is right, be it cash or clothes, food or footwear there is nothing wrong with reaching out to our homeless.
Don’t shy away from giving because you feel like you may get duped, I have a feeling we have all been duped at one time or another, I would feel better taking this chance than find out I ignored someone who actually needed a bite to eat.
Officer Lawrence DePrimo’s act of kindness should have been kept between he and Jeffrey Hillman, whether this man was duped or not is not for me to say, because as quick as his story hit the Internet so did the research to discredit the homeless man.
Can you look at a person and tell the difference between a con and an actual victim? Not if the con is good at what he does, and most of them are, so I’ll leave you with this.
If you feel a person needs help give them a hand, don’t question yourself and don’t question them because this is not helping.
Has someone on the street really gotten your attention, to where you either wanted to reach out to him or her, or run away?