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5 cents

The other day I was on the train with a man who was clearly handicapped.  He walked through the train asking for spare change and no one (including myself) gave him any money.  I just want to say I’ve seen this man before and every other time I’d seen him I’d given him a dollar or some change.  And as he walked up and down the aisle eventually trying to shame us all for not even sparing 5 cents towards his dinner I thought maybe other people had given him money in the past as well and they were thinking what I was thinking – How much am I willing to give?  Whether it’s spare change, time, clothing, shelter – How much am I willing to give?  In light of the other times I’d freely given him my money I just had to say I had given him enough.


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