Poverty Is Not an Accident

Poverty Is Not an Accident
Nelson Mandela

Friday, January 06, 2012

Homeless man had little, gave much

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I don't know how to break this to your readers, but a lot of us who live on less than a grand a month spend at least ten percent of it on others, particularly kids. He's just an ordinary guy, doing what we poor folk do: taking care of each other, because the people who could actually afford to change things can't be bothered to put down the remote. The poor have always helped the poor. Everybody else pretty much just exploits us.

Homeless man had little, gave much

Fitzgerald, the fifth homeless pedestrian killed by a vehicle this year in Santa Rosa, carried a secret that stunned most people who'd known the gentle, soft spoken man who suffered from mental illness all his adult life.
Surviving lately on about $600 a month in disability payments, Fitzgerald sent $56 a month to an international charity to support two 9-year-old children in the west African nation of Senegal.
"For a lot of people that's a drop in the bucket," said his older sister, Kathleen Fitzgerald-Orr of Santa Rosa. "It's like giving up a latte a day."
But for a man on the edge like Kevin Fitzgerald, donating nearly 10 percent of his income sometimes meant he had to "do without," his sister said.

1 comment:

Matthew S. Kennedy said...

Great post - Thanks you! :)