|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||0.41(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)|
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When I handed a brand new pair of boots to "Joseph," a 42-year-old homeless man, he was so overcome with emotion that he openly wept while placing the boots back on my worktable to walk off to calm himself. Not wanting to intrude, I placed his boots out of sight and waited for him to return. Sometime later, he walked up to me with his arms open for a huge bear hug, yet still walked away without even mentioning the boots. At the end of the day, during which we had distributed more than 600 pairs of boots at this one site, "Joseph" came back and humbly accepted his new boots. By then, he was able to tell me that it was more than 10 years since he was the owner of a brand new pair of boots and that for years to come he would never need a Christmas or any kind of gift because he had already received the most unexpected and beautiful gift ever. Imagine a pair of boots from a discount store that cost less than $20 having such an impact. Throughout that winter, I was able to ensure that "Joseph" was able to have a new pair of socks at least weekly. At the end of the winter, he told me it was his first in years that he did not have trouble with his feet. We both wept that day.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rhonda Hackett's book is only about advancing her career as a writer, I live in the same neighborhood in Denver, and have seen her donate food to drug dealers and stiff working men she hires, she complains Denver doesn't help the homeless, because in some cases people have to travel as far as 1 mile to get big sacks of free groceries. Yes, thats right FREE groceries, there are no less than 50 food banks in a city of under 4 million people and at least 10 soup kitchens. Her politics, her philosophy, and her book are worthless.
It seems everywhere we turn these days, someone is in need and charities are begging us for our hard-earned dollars to support their existance. I've been disillusioned with that entire process with the exposure of charity fraud, especially since 9/11 yet I still want to help. This book gives me the option to be in control of when and how I help and the knowledge that when I choose to act in a way suggested by Dr. Hackett, I will be having a real impact. The author's stories of how she has helped truly were eye-opening. What an amazing person - I am grateful she decided to share her story.
I had an advanced copy of the book. It opened my eyes to how much need there is in our backyards and it taught me about things you can do to help people that you would never have thought off......... I would greatly recommend this to all of my family and friends to read it and be motivated to make a difference.
I always have this nagging need to do something to make a difference in the world, but felt my small contribution wasn't doing much in the big picture. Dr. Hackett has opened my eyes to how very little it takes to make that difference and has taught me through her innovative methods to turn my desire to help into a reality. I have recommended her methods to all my friends and colleagues who are amazed at how a little effort on their part can result in a big impact in someone's life. N. Mouland, Internet Specialist