Three years ago I started working with Home Sweet Homeless (HSH) and the experience has changed my life. Â The following was written by a 10 year old boy who’s life was also changed by serving with HSH.
Once every month, I go on Saturdays to serve. I go to the park called Lake Eola. It is sunny and has a water fountain in the middle of a big lake. But I donâ€™t go there to play around. Can you guess what I do? Well, I feed the homeless people with the help of an organization called Home Sweet Homeless. I feed them chicken, donuts, spaghetti, pasta, and many other foods. It is very fun to go outside and help.
Sometimes it is very depressing because you see all those people struggling. They are like me because they are people living. They need the same thing as me, like food, water, blankets, shelter, clothing, and love. But they are different than me because they donâ€™t have some of those things. They are not always clean, but they are kind and thankful for us coming out there and taking our time to feed them.
I do this service because it makes me feel different. I feel sad for them and grateful to be able to go out there and take time on them. I donâ€™t just do this by myself. I do it with my family, friends, church, and other people. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to help people. It is fun to see others helping.
Sometimes the homeless people feel like they are left out because no one will look them in the eye. They feel invisible. I always look them in the eye because I know that people donâ€™t like to feel invisible and left out. When we feed them and help them we also get to talk with them and pray for them. I met this girl named Teri. She was very depressed because she lost her mother and father and she has nothing. I pray for her every day and night. I love helping those people out there who need our help. I love serving! This is very important to me.
Home Sweet Homeless by Sydney J. (Age 10)
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