I saw a beautiful thing happen at Real Change yesterday. That’s not news. Beautiful things happen here everyday. But this story goes to the heart of what makes us Real Change.
A vendor was broke and needed papers to get started. Another vendor, who considers himself blessed in his success at Real Change, gave the guy $5 from his pocket. The vendor in need looked like Christmas just came in June. He offered his flashlight in return.
After the no-longer-broke vendor went inside for papers, the one who helped handed me the flashlight to return. “He needs this more than I do,” he said.
Every day in the Real Change community, there are hundreds if not thousands of small, beautiful moments, based on kindness, compassion and caring.
We are a generous community that creates success for those who often have little other opportunity. Sometimes that looks like choosing to give back.
During our Summer Fund Drive, Real Change depends upon readers like you to help fund that circle of caring. Your gift, of any amount, ensures that the community support we rely on remains strong and growing.
Real Change Vendor Donald Morehead tells this story better than nearly anyone. I hope you will take a few minutes to see the video and hear his words.
Donald started out in Seattle broke, homeless, alone and with PTSD. The opportunity and community he found at Real Change helped Donald find his way to treatment, emotional healing and permanent housing.
Now, he gives back by helping other vendors succeed.
“I used to be frustrated all day or depressed. I stopped letting it bother me like that. That’s what Real Change does for me … I’ve come a long way.”
I’m passing the help on. When you help each other, that’s how you succeed in life. I’ve been there. I know where you’re coming from, man. I can help you do this.”
When Donald takes time out from selling his papers at Ballard Market to help new vendors find success, he’s giving back to the community that sustains him.
That inspires me, and I hope it inspires you too. Here’s Donald again, on why your support matters:
“Real Change is helping homeless and low-income people to help themselves. This is like a God-sent place to be at. There’s just a lot of opportunities here. So yeah. I would donate, and I would donate big.”
Visit our donation page to view the video and learn more about our Summer Fund Drive. Real Change is a caring community that begins with you. Thank you for all your support of our vendors, and the community that keeps them strong.
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