“So today I went to Gateway with my friend to get a few things. When we were done we walked over to the parking lot. On the way there we saw a young boy begging for money, he walked towards us and together we gave him a few coins as that was all the cash we had at the time. We told him not to buy any drugs with that money.
His response was that if we think he’s gonna buy drugs then we can buy him food like a pie or a loaf of bread. We then told him to use that money to buy something to eat and then we left him there and we walked to the car.
As I was opening the door something said turn around…and there he was kneeling on the ground and it seemed like he was praying. My heart just sank. So I put my goods in the car and walked back to the young boy (mind you, he is only 14 years old).
When I got to him he was indeed praying so I waited for him to finish his prayer. I then asked him to tell me how he ended up begging in the streets. He said he comes from a poor family, his mother is a domestic worker and he lives with his grandparents. On most days they have no food so he comes to Gateway to beg for money.
I wanted to believe him, really did, but a part of me had its doubts…could he be lying or trying to get money for a quick fix. I told him to come with me and we got into the car and drove to my place. I dropped off my goods and we then drove to Spar in Durban North. As we walked in…my goodness, the looks we were getting.
We took a trolley and filled it with almost every necessity an average household would need to survive. I looked at him and his face was filled with joy, repeatedly saying: ‘Thank you uncle’ I then realized that he doesn’t know who I am. So we left the store and I drove him home. He only realized who I was at the robot when a taxi driver and his passengers shouted out my name.
He was so surprised. He told me he can’t wait to go home and show off to the other boys about what he’s experiencing. The young boy lives in a squatter camp so I couldn’t park my car in his yard. So he had to run home and call his mother so that I could give them their groceries.
His mother came to us with two of her neighbors. They told me how poverty stricken the family was, the boy was really being truthful. His mother burst into tears of joy and was speechless. She didn’t even have to say anything, I could see and feel her gratitude. They thanked the Lord and asked the almighty to bless me.
All the other neighbors came out and rejoiced. I was so happy to have made such an impact towards this family. Help other people with the little that you have, it could be worth more than you could ever imagine. There is no such thing as a Lone Ranger. To this boy, I may have touched you in ways I can’t even fathom, but you also touched my heart.”
source: LOVE MATTERS