Last week I attended my 2 times a year advisory board meeting for Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). I sit on an advisory team for the web development courses that they teach.
The meeting was at their Midtown Harrisburg campus. Itâ€™s not in a really bad neighborhood but not great either. As I was getting into my car, I saw a man and a woman talking. They were in their early 30â€™s, I guess. I made eye contact with the man and he started to come over. I knew he wasnâ€™t going to ask for directions. He asked me for $3.50 for bus fare. I gave him a $10. He hugged me several times in appreciation.
I look for these opportunities to give. I actually keep money in my wallet and car so I can be ready for these opportunities. I could have gotten into my car quickly when he started to approach, but I didnâ€™t. I could have told him I didnâ€™t have any money, but I didnâ€™t. I could have thought, â€œheâ€™s just going to buy drugs with the money,â€ but I didnâ€™t. The $10 was no big deal to me, but to him it meant the world.
I always feel good when I can help someone, even if it’s only in a small way.