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July 22, 2017 @ 9:27 AM by: Richard Steinecke

I am astonished that many of volunteers take it upon themselves, without being asked, to clean up the garbage that accumulates outsides our doors on food bank days. That is not one of our most glamourous tasks. Recently I thought it was my turn to volunteer. But I faced a surprise when I went outside. I asked myself: “who would take their breakfast to eat outside and then just leave their plate with leftovers sitting there for others to clean up?” My first assumption is that the person must be selfish and lazy. But it occurred to me that there are other possible explanations. It could be someone who has a disability that makes it difficult to walk back down the stairs to the garbage receptacles. It could be someone who received a call that they were urgently needed elsewhere. Or it could be someone who has experienced abandonment their entire lives and feared that their box of groceries would be taken if they went back inside. An early lesson to learn at Oasis is that our assumptions may reflect more about our own attitudes than anything else. In any event, the sun was shining.


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