Recently I made a trip to the ATM to gets some cash so Fletch and I could have some fun-money while at the fair. There were four people in front of me so I patiently waited for my turn.
As I waited I saw a man in an electric wheelchair traveling up and down the sidewalk. He wasn’t bothering anyone just kind of rolling around. He then approached a few of the people in front of me and asked a question.
At first I couldn’t tell what he said. I only saw that the two people he talked to shook their heads, “no”. He then approached me. He asked if I would pull his hood up for him. It was very windy out and even I was feeling chilled.
I responded, “sure,” pulled up his hood and asked if it was alright. He told me thank you and then left. That was all he wanted. He needed some help because he was cold and unable to pull his hood up on his own. He sought help from strangers and the people before me didn’t even listen to him. They acted as if he had the plague.
Why do we make assumptions about people we know nothing about? This gentleman looked as if he could have been homeless and for that reason people ignored him.
What does it say about us as a society that we ignore those in need? We justify not helping by telling ourselves we are too busy or that others will come to their aid.
I am just as guilty of this as any other person. I tell myself that I should start volunteering but never actually sign up. I look at charity sites but never actually donate or share it with others that may be able to help.
This was a moment that made me more aware of my lack of community involvement. This was a wake up call. I need to do more for others. Even it is as small as helping someone with their hood.