I once read a small post about a coffee shop that provides a very interesting and humane service. An old, smelly man in ragged clothes walks into said coffee shop, asks the waitress for a paid cup of coffee, the waitress gives him the hot coffee, he sits down, drinks it and leave, with no penny to be given, nur a disgusted look from the waitress
When asked about what just happened, the person who originally wrote the post that I read received his answer from the waitress ” Anyone can come over, pay for his or her order and if they want they can also pay for a cup of coffee, a sandwich or anything else and ask for it to be left for whoever needs it, then those in need can always come and ask if we have some food or drinks that someone payed for, and they receive it”.
If we took a minute to think about the things we always buy, the small things you can get everyday before going to the university, work, school. A simple cup of coffee for an example, doesn’t cost you a lot. A simple sandwich doesn’t cost much as well, this is a very beautiful way to help people in need, you just pay for an extra cup or food that someone else can be warmed up with. Instead of hesitating to whether to give a person on the street money and think what if they bought alcohol with it or even drugs, why not give money for food? It’s your simple everyday coffee shop, and a simple cup of coffee that surely will be given to someone in need.
These people can feel human again, to sit next to everyone else and take a sip from that cup or a bite from that food. What if all (or let’s say at least 20%,
because I know that is very hard to achieve) coffeeshops provided the same service, how many people can you actually help?
I believe that the best part of this, is that you give money out, that you don’t know when will it be used, but you surely know that someone will profits from it, in the best way there is…you give money that you will forget about, without feeling poor, or high enough to show off what you did to others