Starving Old People

KDKA AM in Pittsburgh has had a government is your daddy government employee on for the last two days extolling the role of government in dealing with disasters. Near the end, she was laying the foundation for claiming disability due to PTSD from this storm.

At one point she asked the hopelessly “Born Democrat” host – if it wasn’t for Meals on Wheels, how would our seniors have something to eat?

I would like to answer her question:
– go into you kitchen and open a jar of peanut butter
– call your children on your Obamaphone
– call people from your church
– call people from other churches
– tell your friends you need help
– talk with your neighbors
– domino pizza delivers
– pea pod grocery delivery

Back in the late 1970s, my mother decided she wanted to volunteer with Meals on Wheels. It lasted about a week. One story I remember was they delivered to a man and started talking. He volunteered that the food was inedible and he fed it to his dog. The reason he signed up was just to have someone to come by and talk with him.

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3 Responses to Starving Old People

  1. jackkeats says:

    I give at my church, some money, sometimes service. When people get help (usually basic foods) they pay it back with service. Sometimes folks need a few bucks to help them on their way, some gas maybe, but we don’t give away hundreds of dollars to strangers.
    Most people can’t or won’t take the TIME with those who need it to make sure their hard earned money is really doing any good. In that case, it’s a good idea to give resources to those known and trusted to use them wisely.

  2. foyle says:

    About 10 years ago a member of my extended family talked all of us into forgoing giving one another Christmas gifts for a year. Instead we would pool our resources and provide an “Operation Santa Claus” (or some such name) to a local family in need. This process involved us receiving a list of their needs (several hundred dollars worth of food, lots of kids toys and clothes, clothing for parents, etc). We then collectively had the ‘joy’ of delivering the gifts to this needy family. (The idea being that we would sing Christmas carols for them and all have a kum-by-yah moment as we provided Christmas joy to an impoverished family who otherwise would warm themselves around a single lump of coal).

    What actually happened: we pulled up to the home of this needy family (we had to park on the street as their driveway was clogged with 2 late model Cadillac Escalades and 1 Lexus Sedan).

    The dozen or so members of my family that participated then unloaded the nearly $1,000 worth of items and trudged to the front door of the home. Knocking on the door, we found it answered by a child of approximately 10 years old. We asked to see her parent(s). Her mother (who was in the kitchen talking on her cell phone) came to the door to speak with us. We explained why we were there and the mother said we could unload everything in the living room and front hall and she returned to her phone conversation (I should point out that this delivery time was an ‘appointment’ scheduled by the charity and the family was supposed to be prepared for our arrival at that time — including not having their driveway clogged with vehicles).

    As we began to unload we saw able bodied male (baby daddy #1 ?) and another able bodied male (perhaps baby daddy #2 or a cousin?) sitting on a large sectional sofa in the living room. They paid no attention to us as they were entralled in a xbox or playstation type game on a 36″ plasma screen TV (this TV was on a stand against the wall across from the sofa). A second large screen TV (it had to be close to a 60″ screen) was hung on the wall above and behind the video gaming TV and the screen showed a sporting event via Satellite TV (an NBA game if my memory serves correctly).

    We finished unloading and tried to speak with the adults present to remind them of the purpose of our visit. The mother again stopped her phone conversation long enough to say a quick “thanks”. The two adult males never offered so much as a grunt of acknowledgement to our presence.

    I should add that everyone we saw — 3 adults and several children were well fed and most were moderately obese.

    This experience was quite eye-opening for some of my relatives (particularly the one who had planned this event). They suddenly grasped the reality of “poverty” as experienced by many in America.

    • Parrott says:

      You are a good person Foyle.
      I bought a bicycle during a local drive to have a bicycle under the tree for every needy kid about 5 years ago. I knew the group undertaking this plan. They were legitimate and they received many bicycles. Even some of the higher end bicycles were donated from a local bike shop.
      They delivered them all like a day before Christmas.
      Me and my wife felt good about buying one.
      We went by the local China-mart the next week, and they had a massive amount of bikes in the special returns area in front of the store. They were everywhere. Even in the Wood-Forest Bank area !
      I said to the drone standing guard, wow did you get a late shipment in ?
      He said no, that “bikes were being traded in for china mart gift cards.Most wanted video games, but Cigarettes was popular too. ”
      I give food and cat litter to the Humane society and cash to the Salvation Army. I don’t want to know where it goes anymore.

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