The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
With Christmas a short month away, this video comes to mind. Its creator is Coby Persin, wearing a “money suit” on the sidewalks of New York City. Persin’s video shows people who have much taking more, and one homeless man who has next to nothing taking very little. I can only hope and believe that we residents of the Heartland would behave much differently.
I can envision someone here in the metro area of Kansas City putting bills on Coby’s jacket. I can imagine someone inspired to walk beside him, holding his or her own dollar bills in hand, to give away.
So many heroes do in fact live around here, and illumine my life. I know Ed and Chuck visited an abandoned dog once a week to share food and water. My own sister in Denver, Nancy, fixed a basket for an employee who was working on Christmas and took it back to her at Quik Trip. My daughter, Merrie Kate, works hard for low wages, but I saw her pour all her change into the Salvation Army’s red kettle—and her brothers are generous, too. I am, indeed, blessed to know and love people who freely give of themselves.
The following event may have taken place in Yorba Linda, California, but the result is, I believe, more consistent with the greater number of people living on this planet. The video shows how a homeless man spends a hundred dollars…at a liquor store—not on liquor, but on food that he then passed out to other homeless souls.
For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:48)
While some of those prosperous New Yorkers took food out of the mouths of those who were starving, back in the Hearland (and across the country), Larry Stewart, Kansas City’s Secret Santa, behaved quite responsibly for twenty-seven years. Upon Stewart’s death, a friend took up the reins of “Secret Santa.” From KMBC’s “Blessed: The Story of Secret Santa”:
“You never know what one little act of kindness will do for somebody. It can change their whole life. It changed mine,” said Stewart, speaking of a diner owner who helped him when he was hungry, broke, and out of gas. Stewart asks only that the recipients of his gifts pass on the kindness when they can—and many do, immediately.
The current Secret Santa has “Elf” stitched on the back of his red cap. Elf, he says, stands for “Ever Lasting Friend.”
From one Elf to another,