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Pay It Forward-Feeding a Cold and Hungry Stranger

Pay It Forward-Feeding A Cold and Hungry Stranger

I was running a bit late this morning.  I had hoped to be in the office by 10, and it was just after 10 when I left the house.

Rushing out the door, I noticed a man sitting on the curb across the street from my house.  This is pretty unusual, I don't live on a main street or on a bus route.  As I was putting my bags in the car, I asked him if he was OK.  I thought maybe he was a neighbor out for a walk and something had happened.  He said he was hungry and didn't have money for food.

I went back in the house and checked for something I could give him.  Based on his clothing, I was concerned that a ham sandwich or leftover pork chops wouldn't work.  I thought about making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and as I reached for the peanut butter, I noticed the Campbell's microwave in the container soup.  It was a cold morning, I thought, soup would be better than PB&J.

As I heated the soup, I ran downstairs for a plastic spoon.  Back upstairs I gathered a bag of snacks and goodies and headed back outside with the warm soup. 

He gratefully received the soup and started walking.  I got in my car to head to work, now even later.  It didn't matter. I know that the time I took to help a cold and hungry stranger was important.  As I drove to the end of my street, I saw him sitting on the curb just a few doors down.  He was eating the soup.  He looked up as I drove by, smiled and waved.

A warm bowl of soup is not much.  The snacks weren't fancy. Hopefully he was warmed and left with a full belly.  I know that my heart was warmed and that it was a good way to start the day.

I make a personal donation with every closing, I have been doing that for a long while now.  Just this week I sponsored a friend for her Team in Training event.  I also sponsored the beverage cart for the Angie Houtz Memorial Golf Tournament.  It is easy to give money, and these organizations are truly worthwhile.  But sometimes it's the small gestures that can truly touch a human heart and make an immediate difference. 

I am reminded of the starfish story where a grandfather is walking on a beach covered with thousands of starfish with his grandson.  Every few steps, the grandfather would reach down, pick up a starfish and throw it in the ocean.  His grandson said "Why are you doing that? You can't possibly save them all."  Tossing another starfish in the ocean, the grandfather said "I made a difference for that one."

I can't feed all the hungry, but in a small way, today I made a difference for that one.

Matthew 25:35 - "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat."

Today I was able to Pay It Forward by feeding a cold and hungry stranger.

There are still plenty of opportunities for sponsorship for the Angie Houtz Memorial Golf Tournament.  There is also still time to sign up to play.  The Angie Houtz Memorial Fund was established by fellow Active Rain Realtor Dr. Stacey Ann Baugh and friends to honor Stacey's best friend Angie who was killed in the terrorist attacks at the Pentagon on 9/11.  The fund awards scholarships to students attending Maryland colleges who honor academic excellence and community service.  If you are looking for a way to pay it forward this week, consider helping Stacey!  Every little bit helps!  This is a great way to help the pay it forward movement to grow!  I challenge all Maryland Active Rainers to support Stacey and the tournament.


Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


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Comment balloon 7 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • October 04 2011 10:42PM


What a wonderful thing you did and it must have been so heart-warming to watch this man eat and enjoy his soup.  Way to go!

Posted by David Artigliere, ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect (Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia) over 8 years ago

Bridget, I am so proud to know you! What a heart warming (belly warming) gesture!

Thanks for sharing!


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 8 years ago

That was a lovely post.  I'm sure he appreciated your kindness.  There's a new contest...."seasons of change" here on ActiveRain.  You should enter this post.  :)

Posted by Nancy Pav, Nancy Pav, Your "GottaHave" Realtor (Century 21 Redwood Realty) over 8 years ago


THANK YOU.  I am not the main on the street you saw today, but maybe the one some see next week, month or year.  This is thank you to them too,

I have made it a habit to hold a door open on entry or leaving a store for someone moving slow (walker or cain). when asked why, I say my father in the next town over may be needing help today and would sure like someone to help him.  I have noticed my kids (now 35 and 40) are doing it too. - Paying it forward.


Posted by Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate (Weichert - McKenna & Vane) over 8 years ago

Good for you Bridget. We live in such a suspicious world that many would have just locked their doors and driven off. Sadly I would not be able to do that- there is never any food in my house!!!!

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Bridget - Very nice of you feed a hungry person needs food. I like the qoute, "Matthew 25:35 "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.""

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 8 years ago

Bridget- What a heart warming story and after getting to know you as I have I would not have thought you to do anything less than what you did. You are am amazing and giving human being. :0)

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 8 years ago