Saturday, July 1, 2017

CHARITY | Free bike fix-a-flat for the homeless, indigent

Imagine being a garbage person—a society toss-away—relegated to the slow-death and -torture that is homelessness. Imagine your only source of transportation being your feet and your bike. Imagine having no money. Imagine a flat tire. Imagine having to lug your baggage and a bike that doesn't roll around town, from place-to-place, all-day, all-night.

Now, imagine getting passed one of these cards:

The business card-sized handouts I give to homeless/indigent persons I see on the street riding bikes, offering free inner tube replacement for bike tires
They offer free inner tube replacement for bike tires, which are highly susceptible to damage from the rocky and glass-strewn terrain found in most riverbanks and alleyways where homeless people live.

For a mere $5 to $10, I can make a homeless persons day and fulfill my duty in Christ:
For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.
The details and restrictions are pretty straightforward: meet me at the bike shop of your choice, I purchase the tire tube, and I keep the original receipt. The reason for the latter is so that, when I offer other Christians an opportunity to reimburse, I can give them the original receipt to head-off any possible concern regarding the integrity of my charity.

In the past three days, I've passed out over 20 cards; however, no takers yet. Even still, all homeless persons who received one were extremely grateful, and impressed at how astutely met their needs were by this particular charity initiative.
NOTE | I guess they only need so many tubes of toothpaste, and something meaningful is more endearing to them. They like it when you look like you're paying attention to them, I think, instead to your typical, piss-poor attempt to be Christ-like or charitable.
On a related note...
Read James Alan Bush's answer to Why are there so many homeless people in San Jose? on Quora