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goobster  ·  403 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 16, 2017

A dear friend of mine befriended the two little girls next door to him, who were clearly not being fed regularly or attending school regularly, and were on the path to be meth heads like the rest of their family.

Eventually he formally adopted them. His wife disagreed with his decision, and left him.

He died last year.

The two girls are now both in college, and use his last name as their own. He set up trickle trust funds for them, so they have a little base income and a leg up on the world.

Feeding the neighbor kid vegetables is only part of your gift. He also gets to see what a real family is like, and what a real home can be like. Maybe that's enough to break the chain of destitution that his family clearly hangs from.

You are a good man, my friend.