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Ed's Place/www.edsplacetoo.com - Thu Apr 01, 2010 @ 08:43AM
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An old man in old clothes was walking down the street and came upon a stranger carrying a bag of grocery. "I am hungry," the old man told the stranger. The stranger looked at the old man in old clothes with discuss and crossed to the other side of the street and went on his way.

The old man in the old clothes continued to walk and came upon another stranger with a beautiful wool coat. "I am cold," the old man with the old clothes said to the stranger. This stranger shoved the old man with the old clothes out of his way and crossed to the other side of the street and like the first stranger continued on his way.

The old man in the old clothes became weary and he sat on a large rock to rest when a third stranger came upon him, too tired to speak the old man with the old clothes hung his head. The third stranger looked at the shivering old man with the old clothes, took his coat off and laid it upon the old mans shoulder, he handed his bag of groceries to the old man in the old clothes and placed in his hands all the money he had in his pocket and without speaking a word the third stranger continued on his way.

That night the third stranger died in his sleep and when he walked through the gates of heaven he saw before him, the old man in the old clothes sitting on his throne.

These are hard times for many. Natural disasters have devastated cities throughout the United States and across the world. The economy is said by many to be at its worst and there are many struggling and in the same position as the "old man in the old clothes." If you are one of those who are fortunate and can help another, we at Ed's Place challenge you to become the third stranger who identified a need without having to be told or having someone ask and showed an act of humanity that others did not.

Give to your local charity, church or school. Volunteer your time to those who need help such as hospitals, non-profit organizations such as ours or kitchens that feed the hungry. Mentor, motivate or encourage someone you know who spirit may be broken. Donate your old clothes to be shipped to people in need (especially shoes) in places like Haiti and Africa.

As the third stranger you too can make a difference and who knows someone that you help me be someone unexpected. Continue to be blessed.

Ed's Place/www.edsplacetoo.com


Comments: 16


1. Serinity J.   |   Wed Jul 07, 2010 @ 02:00PM

I was feeling sorry for myself today because I want so much but have so little. I came across your blog when looking for a job and finding your site. You are a third stranger, today you made me realize I have so much and I am blessed. Thank you....Nice site, great words of encouragement, keep it coming...Who authors your blogs? Give them mad props, it is much deserved.

2. Trish   |   Tue Sep 07, 2010 @ 05:47PM

Wow, what a great story!

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4. Rebecca   |   Tue Oct 19, 2010 @ 03:59PM

My favorite, I will be helping someone and reaching out to someone everyday now. Even if it is just a smile. Who does the blogs? You should list your name, you need the credit and recognition.

5. Miracle T.   |   Tue Oct 26, 2010 @ 03:10AM

whoa, what a ending to a great story. Enjoyed and reallly got the message.

6. Samantha   |   Tue Nov 02, 2010 @ 03:04AM

Things that make you go ummmmmm. A message that needed to be shared. Great blog.

7. William Mann   |   Thu Nov 25, 2010 @ 04:01AM

A nice story to be read on a day like this (thanksgiving), I was feeling sorry for myself because I lost a bit in the market and a friend who read this blog ask me to read this. Much appreciated, I am one who is blessed and would like to bless your organization with a donation. Please check you P.O. Box soon, the check is in the mail. Each of you at Ed's Place are doing a good thing and I appreciate the encouragement. I would like to be the third stranger and I accept your challenge.

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