We often see homeless people on the streets of Boulder. When we drove past a scruffy looking person holding a cardboard asking for help, I always had a hard time explaining to Jasmine why we should not just stop and give him money. No matter how logical these explanations seemed on the surface, we were saying "no" to somebody who might legitimately need help. Jasmine has genuine compassion for these people and I certainly do not want to discourage it.
This week we finally got to do something about this situation. Jasmine and I went to Costco to buy some warm blankets, socks and chocolates for homeless people and divided the goodies into 10 bags. I asked Jasmine if she wanted to attach a note and she thought about it and wrote: "I hope this will make you feel better." We attached a note to each bag, drove around town and gave a few bags away to the homeless people we found on the street. We gave the rest to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless.