I decided that first I would drive to the homeless guy that regularly stands, dirty and sad looking, at the traffic light outside my local WalMart. Its the same young guy day after day. Every time I go to WalMart to buy some groceries, I give him a dollar or two, no matter how broke I am. He holds a sign saying, "HOMELESS, PLEASE HELP, GOD BLESS YOU".
Then I put another bag inside the leather bag that had a new container of peanut butter, jelly and a 1/2 loaf of bread. Then I put a sleeping bag in a big plastic bag and took that with me as well.
Imagine my surprise when I pulled up and there was a new homeless man there, much older, much skinnier. I was feeling disappointed that "my" homeless guy wasn't in his usual spot and would miss out on this great gift I was trying to bestow. I made a u-turn so that I would be able to pull over to get out and talk to the older guy.
Just then, I see the young guy riding past on a bike, he was much cleaner than usual, even clean shaven. I waved him over. He looked happy to see me, recognizing me. When he got to the car I said, "I'm sorry, I don't have any money this time, but I have this bag with clothes and.....". That's when he cut me off and said, "I have plenty of clothes lady, I don't need any of that kind of stuff". So I continued, thinking maybe he doesn't realize there's more. I said, "Well there's also a bag with toiletries and a sleeping bag.....", he laughed, interrupted me again and said he doesn't need any of that stuff, just money. He said "maybe that old guy at the corner can use it, he's homeless". I told him, "sorry, I'm broke this week and I thought you were homeless." and he just rode away on his shiny new bike.