Don is a 72yo disabled man who has been homeless for 17 years. He was severely burned during the Chicago race riots on Frday, April 5, 1968, the day Dr. King was assassinated. He’s survived his wife and two children, all who died from gun violence years ago.
He was a well spoken man with an obvious rigid moral code who elicited respect of those he encountered, myself included.
He accepted some blankets, socks, food and medical supplies. As we bid him farewell, he relayed the most heartfelt thank you that I’ve ever received. He thanked us for treating him with dignity, respect and compassion. I believe that he’s made more of an impression on me than otherwise. From his example, I understand that despite any circumstance, one can always have character.