Good Samaritans exist in Hoboken

7/26/2008:

Today’s “feel good” segment comes from Hoboken411 reader Rose Ann.

She witnessed a random act of kindness today on the corner of Newark/Washington Streets across from City Hall:

There are still good Samaritans in Hoboken

hoboken-good-samaritan-sherpa-cat-carrier-wheels-homeless-female.jpg“When I had thought all hope has been lost in this city of ours, this morning around 9 am I witnessed probably one of the nicest things (Yes, right here in our town HOBOKEN!)

I was going for my morning jog and decided to stop in CVS on Newark Ave and grab a water. As I was “warming down” I drank my water and noticed a woman sitting on a bench (obviously homeless) with a cat on a leash. I watched this woman (elderly) pet this (white well-fed cat) and place it in a black duffle bag. I was going to say something like, “Hey lady it might be too hot to do that”. When a young girl got out of her SUV and said, “Excuse me I have a travel bag that might be better for you to use, it even has wheels and its good for cats”. The young girl went to the back of her SUV and pulled out a black leather carry-on pet travel bag. The woman gracefully accepted and repeatedly thanked the young girl and said, “what are you going to use for your cat”. The young girl said, “I’ll get another one”. I couldn’t believe it. I HAVE THE SAME CARRY-ON I USE FOR MY CATS WHEN I TRAVEL, I COULDN’T HELP BUT NOTICE IT WAS A SHERPA WITH WHEELS!!! Sherpa tags still attached. I know when I bought this carry-on it was well over $100!!!

The woman drove off and I stood in amazement. I commented to the “homeless woman” how nice that was at the cat would be more comfortable using the carry case and I use the exact same one for my cats when I travel. The woman with tears in her eyes said, “That girl made me and Scratches day”. I said, “Believe it or not she made mine too”.

The moral of this story, there are still some good Samaritans in Hoboken.”

Have you performed your random act of kindness today?

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18 Comments on "Good Samaritans exist in Hoboken"

dawnrose
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dawnrose

Homeless people with pets care more about the pet than they care about themselves.(obviously). I have seen this woman and her cat. She is a nice lady. I have brought food for her cat. I actually feel guilty giving only to her cat and not her. I have a brand new pet bag sitting at home. My cat freaks out when I try to put him in it. I use a plastic carrier instead. I wish I had thought to give the bag to her. It’s going to waste. My late boyfriend and I always used to disagree about Randy and his dog Foxy. He would protest about Randy having her. I would say it was alright.

TrumpT3
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TrumpT3

Well, there are plenty of animals without people who love them, so I’m glad the cat is loved.

411 and blucheez, using the term good Samaritan shouldn’t bug you, as language certainly evolves and doesn’t always mean the original literal meaning, of course; these days, ‘Good Samaritan’ colloquially means someone who helps another. The origin is not exactly that, but so what? Lots of terms have evolved. Does anyone know the real meaning of “scape Goat” for instance?

bradykp
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bradykp

not to take away from the story that UrbanRose was lucky to have witnessed, but I can’t help but think that some people would do this simply because they are animal lovers, and not really “for” the homeless person. i only say this because i know plenty of people that care more about pets than they do about people. either way, it’s a great thing for someone to give something of value away to someone/thing that needs it more than they do.

bradykp
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bradykp

[quote comment=”95570″]The term “Good Samaritan” used in the context of a simple good deed always bugs me. In Jesus’ parable in from the gospel of Luke, the Samaritan was good for helping a Jewish man beaten and left for dead at the side of the road. Samaritans and Jews hated each other, and the beaten man was Jewish.

The meaning comes from the fact that the Samaritan overlooked longstanding ethnic hatreds to treat a fellow human with mercy. Not just that someone did something nice.

But if the rich lady deep down hated “homeless” people, then the term does apply.[/quote]

damn, this poor NFP needs you to tell them that they aren’t good samaritan’s because they don’t help people they hate:

http://www.good-sam.com/about/default.asp

how about, one of the meanings of good Samaritan is showing god’s love for all people, no matter who they are?

TrumpT3
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TrumpT3

King of Rock, I would guess that for someone who has almost nothing, love and companionship might be quite high in her hierarchy of needs, particularly with people out there like you who are eager to kick someone when they’re at their absolute weakest. Considering that there are people in Hoboken who have roofs over their heads, lots of family support and are very wealthy, and still have the need for recreation, drinking a lot, pets, travel, you’d assume that a person who has lost everything would want something to make them happy sometimes too, no? Abe Maslow would agree.

FMVTNG, where do you work, because maybe you can ask your boss to give this elderly recently-homeless woman (whom I’ve seen around town and has fallen on some hard times) a job like yours where you sit in an air conditioned office passing judgment on people who are weak and less fortunate than you. Why not be at least as productive as the homeless and stop kicking people who are down.

Think of the other victims: homeless people are someone’s brother, sister, aunt, father, mother, and then they happen to have a disease that isn’t easily curable or recognizable (85 percent are mentally ill), or in this recession, a financial problem.

Their family is praying that wherever they are, people are being kind to them. Can you do that please??

411, thanks for posting this, and UrbanRose, thanks for sending it. It made my day also!!!

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