America is certainly abuzz over Ted Williams, the former homeless man turned media sensation. While his story is inspirational, it also provides a portrait of the lives of individuals who find themselves in the grips of poverty.
Williams' story spread like wild fire this past week after Doral Chenoweth, a multimedia producer for The Columbia Dispatch, recorded Ted while panhandling and posted the video online. According to CNN,
After Chenoweth posted the video, it went viral. Williams did interviews on national television and radio. He's received several jobs offers, including one that comes with a home. A reunion with his 92-year-old mother is being arranged.
Many have wondered what caused Chenoweth to stop and chat with Williams in the first place. As CNN explains, this isn't the first time Chenoweth's gone out of his way to help someone in need. At the root of his urge to help the downtrodden? Faith in the Almighty.
Unfortunately, not everyone in need is as fortunate as Williams. Millions of Americans are downtrodden and seeking shelter, food, job opportunities and plenty more; relief -- especially in the form that Williams has seen -- seems next to impossible. While it's fun to explore at the impact social media played on Williams' newfound fame, the real story here is Chenoweth's heart for the poor and the question we should all be asking ourselves: Am I doing enough to serve people in need?
To be clear, the story isn't about Chenoweth, per se, rather it's about the need for all Americans to reach out and involve ourselves in helping "the least of these." With the ongoing fallout from a tough economy, emulating Chenoweth's behavior is a must. A small gesture -- even brief engagement with those who are in need -- can truly connect the poor to transformational resources and lasting change.
If you're interested in making an impact, but you're not sure how, consider checking out Here's Life Inner City's innovative projects. Currently, Here's Life is distributing Homeless Care Kits. By sponsoring the kits you, like Chenoweth, can make lasting change in the lives of children and families in need. People like Chenoweth and Williams show that hope certainly is alive in America's inner cities -- and beyond!