When I first saw this video, I wanted to scream, "THIS!! THIS!! THIS IS WHAT I'VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS!!"
Have you seen it yet? It's the brain child of New York City Rescue Mission (more information can be found at http://www.makethemvisible.com ) and it drives home the message I've been trying to get people to understand in every post of this blog. These are human beings. They like music, they dreamed of being ballerinas when they were little girls. The homeless people you ignore on the street every day are somebody's brother, somebody's mother, someone's cousin, daughter, childhood best friend. What if that homeless person sitting on the street - yeah, that one you uncomfortably looked away from as you side step their outstretched legs - was one of your relatives?
Please, please. Watch this video. Share this video. Notice the people around you - really see them and acknowledge them with kindness! Being treated day after day after day as if you're invisible in a city of millions of people is a terrible thing and no one deserves to feel that way.
Help make them visible. Donate to a good cause. Buy a person living on the streets a cup of coffee. Stop a moment and say, "how are you?" and then listen to the answer. You have no idea how much joy you bring to a homeless person's day just by acknowledging his or her existence with a kind word.
Be the change, my friends... one person at a time.
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