Last night, while Googling away here in Montreal, I came across the story on the Community News Commons website about the bus driver who stopped his vehicle, exited and gave his own shoes to a person who had none of their own.
Somehow I think that when the poet Khalil Gibran wrote — “The greatest form of giving is not when one gives of their possessions. The greatest form of giving is when one gives of themselves,” — he didn’t have in mind the above type of really selfless, and spontaneous act.
After reading the story I left a comment beneath it, and much to my amazement over 200 people have since visited http://foodbanks.wordpress.com/
While it is wonderful to watch the number of hits accumulate, the actual goal of the blog is to have cities like Winnipeg, Toronto, New York City, London, etc. adopting a simple concept (wherever they can) to help the unfortunately ever increasing number of less fortunate among us.
While word of this effort is spreading very nicely around the world, and cities and food banks are adopting it and pushing for its implementation, I have heard back nothing from Winnipeg and most other cities that I have approached. This is not to say that there will not be a positive reply from Winnipeg and the numerous other cities approached. I have been told for too long; “These things take time.”
As a charity activist for the past 24 years, I can honestly say that some things take forever, if not longer.
If everyone reading this were to take the time to send it to the Mayor of Winnipeg and several other mayors of other major cities, plus to food banks in Canada and the USA, then there would be a bus driver in Winnipeg who would be astonished at what his simple act of kindness spawned.
“Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it,” the saying goes. Here is an easy opportunity to do something about it!
Thank you Mr. Winnipeg Bus Driver for providing the impetus!