I Bought a Homeless Woman a Meal Today

I was at the main library downtown, in the bathroom, when I heard someone talking. First, I thought she was on her phone, but then I realized she was just talking to herself. She was going on and on about how she was homeless and her family didn't care about her, and her sister wouldn't even buy her a meal. When I left the stall, I saw her, a beautiful black lady, if a little disheveled. I asked if she was o.k., she said she was just going through some stuff.

I don't know what came over me, maybe it was those sweet, sad eyes, but I said, "I heard you say you were hungry. Would you like to go down to Checkers and get something to eat? I don't have a lot of money, but I can buy you something cheap." She looked at me unbelievingly, that this old white woman would offer to feed her, but she accepted, and we headed out of the library and down University Avenue.

As we walked, we talked. She is 25, wants to get her GED and study either social or political science. She was a native Gainesvillian, but lived in Live Oak for awhile growing up. She said she didn't smoke or drink or do drugs, nor prostitute herself, and she just wanted a little help to do something with her life.

When we got to Checkers, she asked if she could go to Taco Bell instead, and I agreed. I told her I had $10 to spend, and I wasn't very hungry, so she should get what she wanted. She got 3 tacos and a large soda, and I got some cheesy potatoes (yummy!) and a large soda as well. It came to $9.85. We laughed that we came so close to $10.  We talked some more while we ate about buses and which one went where, then we started the walk back after she had gotten a bag for her third taco, which she was saving for later.  She showed me the back street that had more shade, and as we walked, she told me about shelters, low-income housing, and pointed out a church you could go to when you needed help.

I knew that this lady had been on the streets before, and there was probably some reason that her family would no longer help her, but when I left her, we had run into her daddy, and they were headed to the library to get out of the heat. As we parted, I gave her a hug, told her how much of a blessing meeting her had been, and she was smiling. She told me to look for her at the library next time I'm there and I will.

I will have to write an extra article today to make up for that $10 I spent, but what I learned from this amazingly intelligent young woman was well worth it. I hope with all my heart that she does get her GED and go to school. I hope she gets her degree and becomes successful...a millionaire...as she was ranting that she would in that bathroom. I hope her sister needs help, and I hope she can find it in her heart to forgive and forget and help her.

Yes, I fed a  homeless woman today, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Try it sometime.


  1. Deb,

    What a true blessing for you and for her! It's amazing how much we can touch the lives of others when we just choose to listen.

  2. Good for you Deb. I believe you will be blessed many times over for this lovely act.

  3. What a great thing to do Deb!!!


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