A Few Dollars Can Go Further Than You Ever Imagined
I don’t believe many people think about life as a homeless person, who would unless you were forced to. I honestly can’t imagine what life is like for homeless people but what I do know is many are skilled and many just want someone to give them a chance. There are times when people give up on themselves because others give up on them.
Although we should fight for what we want sometimes the war is won and it’s hard to get back what you’ve lost without a miracle or perseverance of sorts. Homelessness is potentially caused for many reasons, one being lack of employment and somewhere to live.
I was touched by kindness this morning when I watched a video on You Tube where a couple of guys who prank people and share it on their channel called Vitalyzd TV gave a homeless man a full makeover.
This was no prank though, it was real and it was uplifting for many people to watch, over 3 million so far on You Tube. To be honest I wasn’t going to watch it but something compelled me to just check it out. I’ve been in the motivational mood lately to push people to make changes in their lives.
The two guys Vitaly Zdorovetskiy and Andrew Hales found this homeless guy named Martin who was looking for work. Martin says he specializes in tiling, carpeting and electrics. The look on his face is priceless but his words are so powerful in the video. Only $8.00 a day which he may make from those who give him money throughout the day he can stretch to buy all sorts he says.
The extreme makeover
The guys take him for a hair cut, to get new clothes, and bought him 2 nights in a hotel so he could shower and sleep in a warm bed. I can’t tell you the emotion that it brought to me when you see Martin fall on that bed. You watch the video so you understand. Later that evening they bring him out for a steak dinner and Martin is over the moon. He eats so much food and later gets a sweet taste of dessert.
How do homeless people survive?
I don’t know to be honest, I’ve never been in that position but I’m sure it’s far from any reality that I can bring to life. I remember when I did the welfare food challenge last October trying t live on $20 a week worth of groceries and this guy is lucky to cash in making $56.00 a week or $8 a day (if he even makes that every day) from handouts not including shelter or what one would receive from social assistance. I’m sure once you watch the video you will sense the excitement in his voice, but most of all you realize how the small things mean so much to others who don’t have the luxury like others such as a warm bed.
You might even question your passion and desire for things that you have and how you should be happy to be the position that you are in. I don’t know. Most people might tell me no, I worked hard for what I have and rightfully so. I guess it’s a matter of personality and what one senses as a need vs a want. Sometimes all we really need is the simple things in life to get on day by day and still keep a happy smile on our faces.
Where do homeless people live?
Finding a job for many people is a struggle especially if they are homeless and don’t have a home address. Most employers require a home address when they hire you. I guess just telling the truth and hoping that a potential employer was empathetic and wanted to help out would make a difference even though we know they are far and few. Living in a dark alley or on a park bench might not cut it for human resources but I’m sure there are resources available for those that are homeless.
I don’t know but this video really struck a chord with me because it’s great to see people helping others in such a way that is not often seen in the public eye. Martin was not harassing anyone, rather minding his own business when this all went down. It almost seems like he feels he won the lottery for a day. We tend not to see homeless people pictures in the public eye because there isn’t much to say, except that they are homeless and it is a big problem all over the world.
All Martin wanted was to have his teeth pulled so Zdorovetskiy and Hales tried to raise money to make that happen. From what I read they surpassed that goal. I’d be interested to hear a follow-up on Martin to see how it all went, how this may have inspired him or changed his life and whether he found a job.
Life can be a cruel place for anyone but we need to remember that for the short time that we are here we must come together for the good of ourselves and the people. People helping people builds a stronger bond, a stronger community and a satisfaction internally, at least for me it does.
What would you do if you only had $8.00 a day?
Gardening and Landscaping
Not too much happening with the garden this week. Last week was a right disaster with that monster rain storm and wind we had. The wind blew my beautiful plant in front of the garage to shreds, knocked over plants and just created an overall mess. It took me over an hour to clean up and my wife was so sad about the plant. Honestly she was more worried about the fig and lime tree but the wind was not bad in the back of the house ,only the front.
I’ve picked raspberries all week and have about a half a pint every other day which ends up being lots of raspberries for us. We tend to freeze them if we don’t turn them into a creamy berry smoothie . The crab apples on our tree are all over the place. We are going to have so many this year and friends of ours will help us pick them and find something delicious to do with them. Maybe we will make some apple butter this year.
Our curly parsley is growing in abundance in the wooden container I made. I’ve started using the container for herbs as I find they work much better than simply putting them in the ground. One container is all parsley, the other is chives and another 2 with basil. I’ll likely process all the parsley to use over the winter to mix it in with my basil cubes for a bit of pizazz or to make a chimichurri.
Well, I’ve seen the new blog design and it’s being coded this weekend and then I go in for my final review and away we go. Things seem to be going well with the blog although the summer has proven to see a slowdown with the many people who visit Canadian Budget Binder, which is expected. Most people are camping or out and about when the nice weather is here but that’s fine we just keep on moving.
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Blog posts of the week
- Organic: How to grow your own pot potatoes
- I don’t care about debt, push!
- Expired warranty: Do you buy expensive cheap junk?
- The Grocery Game Challenge- Food Samples
- Buying my first property: Was I too young?
- Greek yogurt stuffed berry smoothie
Garage sailing with Jen
Jen and her husband have made many improvements to their shopping habits and their budget. You can read all about it in her guest post, Budgeting With Mr. CBB Got Us Back On Track. Jen shares her weekly garage sale finds with us for the summer to show just how much she can save for her family.
Jen didn’t go to far this weekend but she did score one small deal for Gillette Satin Care shaving foam for $0.75! That’s a great deal considering the regular price can be near $3.00 or more per can.
Making a difference
Google search terms
What are Google keyword search terms?
Keywords for search engines help me to understand what people are looking for at Canadian Budget Binder. Although I get thousands of keyword searches from Google users that come in each week I pick out a few that catch my eye and make me smile.
Top pick- Is it better to negotiate with Bell on the phone or in the store- All depends on how hot your temper gets lol0
- How to buy Gatorade in bulk?- I’m guessing this is from Christine’s grocery game posts since she buys the stuff
- Shaved ice super cone drip proof trays- I have no blinkin idea what this is
- Does dollarama sell panties- I believe so
- Money Moron Spending Budget- Looks like everyone is out and about looking for a budget.
- Budget Princess – There is no special budget, just one unless they are looking for the television show.
- Thai Lottery Numbers 2013- We’re a Canadian blog and have connection to the Thai lottery but I keep getting hits for the lottery numbers. Oh well, good luck.
That’s all I have for this weeks edition of The Saturday Weekend Review. Please, join me again next Saturday for more life updates and what’s been going on in my world. Have a great week.
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