Yesterday evening I saw this man on the uptown platform of 7th Avenue B, D and E trains. His sign caught my attention because it was two large poster boards, in an area where if you’re carrying anything larger than a book bag, you feel like there isn’t enough space for you. Then I noticed that the man was well dressed, sitting with his head down, doing a puzzle or writing something on paper. Not playing music, not making a speech, just sitting minding his own business and letting his sign talk for him?
I’ve been in NYC for a while and I’ve seen a lot of strange things but this one was new.
And I don’t know if he was being honest or what but he was the most well-dressed homeless man I’ve ever seen.
And I wanted to help. But I can’t. I don’t have a job to offer him and I’m a young woman so I can’t call the number and put my information out there. In fact, I am not sure there is much I can do. So I am doing what I can – posting his info, circulating his poster so others can see. If anyone thinks they can help and wants to find out if he’s genuine, call the number or research him online.
I looked up the Daily News article using the title on his poster and found this article.
I didn’t have much to I feet him but I walked over and put a dollar in his box, because that’s what I was taught to do – to help in whatever way I can. And he raised his head and said “Thank you. God bless you.”
Maybe you can get the blessing too by helping if you can.
Now, I caution you, there are cons and scams everywhere. This could be the latest ploy in a bid to separate well-intentioned people from their money. I found some things on Facebook where other people have seen him in the subway stations and posted pictures. But just because he’s being doing this for a while, doesn’t mean his story or his need isn’t real. So please do the research before you get involved.
I just wanted to say help him if you feel impressed to. And if not him, then help someone else. Volunteer somewhere or just help someone you see on the street. Helping is part of how we live right…
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