Spending the day in New York with some friends.
It had been much too long since I crossed an item off my “Kind Acts & Volunteering” bucket list. This Monday, I went into New York City to meet up with a friend from my study abroad trip to Australia, and later, a friend I went to the University of Delaware with.
When I arrived in New York, I had some time to kill before my friend’s train arrived in about an hour. While walking around Penn Station, I passed a homeless man holding a sign and remembered my bucket list item “Buy a homeless person coffee.” Yet, when I thought about it, I realized that on an extremely hot day like Monday had been, I would want something more satisfying than coffee, even an iced one. In addition, I didn’t see many places selling coffee nearby and feared that he would walk away if I went too far.
Once I went up to the local vendor and looked at his selections, I thought about getting a water bottle, but realized water might not be too much of a treat. I went with Snapple and then walked back over the man. “Hi, I was wondering if you would like this Snapple?” I asked. “Thank you,” he said as he took it and gave me the biggest smile. It made my day. I didn’t want to stare, but about twenty minutes later, I decided to walk by him again to see if he had drank the Snapple. I was glad to see that it was half full.
In the grand scheme of things, buying someone a Snapple is absolutely nothing, especially since I was about to spend a nice day in NYC going to lunch, then dinner. I could have gotten him a Snapple and a meal, etc. I also know that writing about doing a kind act almost entirely defeats the purpose of doing one and that helping someone who is homeless is not an item that should ever be “crossed off” a bucket list. However, “crossing this particular act off” my “Kind Acts & Volunteering” bucket list helped me realize I should help out more often (and in the future, without writing about it!) While it was a small gesture, it still made me extremely happy handing him that Snapple.
Has anyone had a similar experience volunteering/helping someone out?