As I was walking through Olvera Street, I see this old homeless man. He is shuffling along with his shopping cart, when this young man sitting at a restaurant calls out to him “hey O.G.! Are you hungry? I will buy you whatever you want to eat!” I felt so touched by his compassion that I turned around and I went up to the young man, his name is Lovel and I take out $5 from my wallet and say to him “my friend, take this money so I can contribute to paying for this man’s meal as well” He looks shocked and says to me “hey man! I didn’t see you. Where did you come from? and I respond “I was just walking by and I overheard what you said and I just felt compelled in my heart to give you this money.” So the three of us sat together and ate. The old man was so happy to be eating a warm meal that he kept thanking us and thanking God, while Lovel still had a shocked look on his face and kept saying to me “I can’t believe you did that man!” Afterwards, Lovel had me walk with him to a gas station down the street . He goes to the ATM to get some money, and he hands me $12. And he says “you gave me $5 to bless this man, and I am going to give you back $12 to show you that when you give to others you get more in return.”
People often message me asking how they can donate to support and be a part of what I do. I've never been one to ask for donations, but it definitely comes in handy.
Each person on Skid Row is unique and has their own unique circumstances, so it's hard to anticipate how to address people's needs before I meet them. So having some extra funds gives me more flexibility as to how I can help others.
If you're one of these people who has it in their heart to contribute in this way, this donate button is just a more convenient way to do so. Thank you for your support!