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Better than Christmas?

Or is this Christmas? Christmas, the way it was meant to be a long time ago? Is this Christmas minus the flashing lights, the bright colors, the snowmen, Santas, . . . and "commercialism"?

Maybe we have always made Christmas to serve ourselves. Perhaps we've long failed to heed the wisdom, "When you give to the needy, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing." When you think back, were our parents just showing off when they gave something to the poor?

I suppose we could be cynical, say the photo was staged, or claim the "rookie" will learn. By an act of kindness, he purchased warm boots for a homeless man. I don't know, but sometimes it's good to see kindness take a chance in what too often seems a ruthless world.

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PostIcon Posted on: Nov. 30 2012, 1:59 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I posted the same thing this morning -- HERE.

Bastards at TPA apparently too busy spewing venom to respond...   :O   


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PostIcon Posted on: Nov. 30 2012, 5:33 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Sadly this is a sensational story.

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PostIcon Posted on: Nov. 30 2012, 9:47 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Several people I know have posted it on facebook, maybe it will inspire a few more. Here we have a lot of winter homeless, because it is wet but rarely freezing, and there are few resources other than a Thanksgiving dinner and a community coat drive. I can not walk into the grocery store without going through several groups, hanging out, hoping for a handful of change.  Sadly, I have gotten too good at not seeing them, so when my husband is with me, he is the kind who might buy them a meal or a tank of gas, but will definitely say, "hello" and hold the door for them and then for awhile I am aware again.

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Our Scouts do work at the local food pantry here in Maine.

We have families living under the power lines in their trucks and suv's.  It is a big cleared path of land in the woods.  I guess the police don't bother them.  Imagine sleeping in a truck then taking your kid to school in the am.  It's going to be @ 10 degrees tonight.  

I am now giving 20 bucks a week to the pantry.  And all of the canned stuff I never seem to use.


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I'm here to tell you that many cops still do the right thing and that this kind of this act happens a lot...at least around here...even in the seemingly uncaring and cynical world we live in.  

It's nearly always unseen and private, not captured on camera or sensationalized on the internet to give people an unfortunately brief, warm fuzzy feeling about officers which will usually go away the next time they get pulled over for something.

Over the years, I've given a helping hand to many less fortunate folks, whether it's a couple of dollars for a meal, some gas for their car, or as simple as giving a ride in the middle of a rainy night to somewhere they would have had to walk to.  

When I hike long distances, (Usually on the PCT) I really appreciate the kind and unselfish acts of the random “Trail Angel” that pop up when you need it most and least expect it.  It makes me feel good when I can also be an Angel and give back to the hiking community in a similar manner.  No different than being on-duty, really.  

Pay if forward, folks...we're all in this together.


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Thank you Officer DePrimo, Hoosier Daddy, Jim in MD, Panama Rob, and all of you good men and women far too many of us don't appreciate like we should.

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Agreed DD.  Whether or not this story is true or not, as in not staged, I have to take it for the wonderful act of kindness that it is.  Wonderful job.

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I gather from the reports that some out of town tourist posted it after returning home, not even remotely a staged thing. Once home the tourist sent it to the NYPD as an appreciation sort of thing as in "here's something nice I saw an officer do", then NYPD asked if they could publish and she said ok.

Given the reliance NYPD has always had on foot patrols growing up there I've seen any number of small acts of that sort if not that magnitude from their people on the job.

I also thought it nice that the store manager chipped in to help. So an example of a New Yorker out of a uniform being kind.
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Guy up an Canada did this a few months back also

With a twist though. Gave him the shoes off his own feet


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The Man is grateful for the boots, but is barefoot again because they are too valuable

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs....45.html

and he wants a piece of the pie that comes from being "viral"


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Well that's a shame but I guess not a huge surprise.  Those things were probably worth more money than he could collect in a month for food or other things.  However, I don't know how you can be barefoot in winter, period.  Still good on the officer, I'm sure there are plenty of kind acts that are done by the foot patrol officers every day.

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Must be tough to beg for money wearing $100 boots with warm socks, neh?

What a country!  What a species!

Hope it doesn't make the officer too cynical, because I love his actions and his intentions.

Maybe he can adapt a more effective way to deal with such problems, or, maybe, it is impossible to deal with self imposed suffering.  

Guy prolly should have joined some religous order where self imposed suffering is rewarded!


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Must be tough to beg for money wearing $100 boots with warm socks, neh?

What a country!  What a species!

Hope it doesn't make the officer too cynical, because I love his actions and his intentions.

Maybe he can adapt a more effective way to deal with such problems, or, maybe, it is impossible to deal with self imposed suffering.  

Guy prolly should have joined some religous order where self imposed suffering is rewarded!

Might just make you a target for getting robbed of them if they are too nice?

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buy cheaper boots.
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Not homeless.  Unfortunately, the real issue seems to be that the boots impair his panhandling business case.   I think he has real problems, though, and I don't claim to know how they are best addressed.
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I've worked with several different support systems for the homeless in my community and this incident is mirrored all the time, including finding out that they aren't actually homeless or don't want help. I am very happy for people's intentions to give. However, I suggest that you remember this: For each person who wants to give to the needy, there is a person out there willing to take advantage of people who give. There are good ways to give or filter out the truly needy vs. those who want to siphon off the public. One way is to help them get to a shelter where they may receive free food and shelter. Some shelters will even help them get a job, require them to work for their "free" shelter for just an hour a day at the shelter. Almost every city has a Veteran's Outreach center to help get true veterans off the street and back on their feet including medical, psychological, and other support at no cost. They drive around daily to offer help. Many of those that panhandle are either not homeless or choose to be "homeless" so they can simply let others provide for them vs. taking care of themselves.

I won't tell you not to give out your change if it helps you deal with your guilt or you feel like you are helping someone. I'm all about giving. I will state that there are many resources for help for those who truly want to get back on their feet. I've had to use some of them myself when times were tight just a few years back.

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I give to reputable charities.  I rarely give to panhandlers.  The few times I did, I felt their need was real -- although truthfully, even those few times, I was probably fooled -- similar to the kind-hearted police.

I like to remain skeptical -- but not cynical.  Hard to make the right call oftentimes.


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It does not surprise me at all to see that the "not-so-homeless-afterall" guy was, well, less than honest when accepting the boots. Kindness is often taken advantage of.

But if we never took the risk and did kind acts because we thought the recipient might be undeserving, I think we'd be short-changing ourselves. So perhaps Officer DePrimo "lost" 75 bucks, but somehow I think there are many folks richer because he took a chance.

Sometimes there is simply not an organization to fill the need. Some of us take our chances -- careful though we may be.


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I rather a person be wrong while intending to be kind than to let cynicism block that part of who they are.
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