Driving home from an appointment today, I was on my way to pick the kids up from school. While I waited at some traffic lights I watched a young man walking along the row of cars, offering to clean their windscreens. He passed car after car, making his way down the line. No-one wanted their windows cleaned today. I was ready to make eye contact and shake my head too. But he glanced away at the crucial moment, and before I knew it he had squirted water my windscreen and started wiping.
I guess I could have opened the window and said no thanks, but instead I reached for my purse and started looking for some coins to give him. I could only find 60 cents – not really enough to hand over without looking (and feeling!) like a complete tight-wad! At the last moment I pulled out a five dollar note and handed it to him before he was called away by someone else. The lights turned green, and we all started to move. The boy headed back to where he had draped his jumper over the railing, and looked at me, smiled and nodded his head in thanks. That acknowledgement was all I needed to be so happy that I hadn’t given him my 60c. He was obviously hard up if he needed to be cleaning car windows. I wish him the best.
At the moment in Australia it’s the Salvation Army’s annual Red Shield Appeal. They help people from all walks of life, from the homeless to the financially hard up, and anywhere in between. If you’re in a position to help with a donation, why not get in touch with them, or a similar charity closer to you. 🙂