The Sweetest Christmas Gift

Christmas 2016 has come and gone. But, an unexpected gift stands out from all the others. A special gift from Santa Claus. Two weeks ago, a fellow dishwasher at the homeless shelter asked me, “Do you think I should dress up as Santa Claus? My friend said I could borrow his suit.” If anyone has… Continue reading The Sweetest Christmas Gift

Their Shoes #11

Frenchy’s shoes were donated to him by a local shelter. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Shelter. I’ve been trying to find a bachelor or one bedroom apartment for months. Right now, I’m staying with a friend. But, he’s “on drugs”.  The environment’s not good for me. I’m not welcomed… Continue reading Their Shoes #11

Christmas Spirit

The doorbell rang followed by frantic knocking. I expected it to be a neighbourhood school child selling chocolate bars or requesting cans for a Christmas food drive. It wasn’t. My neighbour, Romeo stood at the door, looking frazzled. He told me our fellow neighbour, Bob was in trouble. That a stranger stopped after seeing Bob… Continue reading Christmas Spirit

Their Shoes #10

Richard’s shoes were donated to him by the shelter. He wears size 14 shoes which are difficult to find. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “That would be just trying to cope with everything.” “I’ve had flat feet all my life. But, I developed pain in my foot way back… Continue reading Their Shoes #10

Choosing Peace

I admit it. It was the second week of advent and I’d done nothing special. Sure, I read a bit of my little Advent booklet. But, I didn’t exert myself. It was time.  I decided to choose kindness and peace. I figured that wouldn’t be too difficult as I’m not too confrontational. Well, I made… Continue reading Choosing Peace