The following was not written by me, nor modified in any way by me. And, it does not reflect a saying, or cliche’ but what it does inspire us to give in all we do, including in our business. I know there are hungry people all over the world. However, the ones that are neglected and hungry and should not be are right here in our own back yard. Before we can fix the world, we maybe should start right where we are….to fix things here at ground zero before we can effectively reach out to a dying world. PLUS, pizza just happens to be my favorite food.
If you’re wondering where to go, what to do…then start where you’re at, with what you got. This story not only inspires us to give without expectation of return, but to walk in love to those who have no one. We can be that person’s someone…and never needing to reveal our identity. We are in it to win it AND to help our own neighbors attain that same victory. Stories like this always inspire me further; I hope they will inspire you.
Jesus made this statement: 34 “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:34-40
Restaurant Feeds Around 40 Homeless People Every Day
‘When 27-year-old business school graduate Mason Wartman quit his Wall Street job to sell $1 pizza slices, to many of his friends it seemed like the anticlimax of a brilliant career. But the man was simply trying to achieve a different sort of greatness with his no-frills pizza shop, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, in Philadelphia’s Center City. In the past one year, the shop has served 8,500 free slices of pizza to homeless people, by harnessing the generosity of its patrons.
The shop operates by a ‘pay it forward’ system – customers who walk in to buy pizza can also sponsor a slice for a homeless person. In this way, about 30 to 40 homeless people are able to eat for free at Rosa’s every single day.
Even before the pay-it-forward scheme was implemented, Rosa’s Pizza, which is located on an almost vacant block, used to always give away free slices to hungry homeless people in the neighborhood. But one day last March, a customer asked if he could pay for the next homeless person who walked in. Wartman immediately agreed, and then put up a sticky note on the wall, just to keep track of the pre-paid slice.’
‘Before he knew it, word had spread and more and more patrons came in with similar offers. Soon, the walls were covered with over 500 sticky notes. Although he now keeps track of donations at the cash register, Wartman has left all the notes on the walls as a symbol of the warmth and generosity of his customers. “They’re just really nice people, you know,” he said. “Sometimes homeless people buy them for other homeless people.”
According to Wartman, a lot of people want to help out, but aren’t sure what to do. “This is a super-easy way, a super-efficient way and a super-transparent way to help the homeless.” he explained. The handout slices now account for 10 percent of his overall business.’
‘He said that the first customer who started it all was inspired by a similar practice in Italy, called ‘suspended coffee’, where customers purchase an extra cup of coffee for someone who can’t afford it.
Wartman also revealed that a lot of homeless people told him they were touched by the gesture, and that it has helped them avoid petty crime in order to get money for food. “I knew it saved people money,” he said. “I hadn’t considered that it stopped people from committing crime.”
Some of the recipients of the free slices of pizza have also left notes of appreciation on the wall. “I just want to thank everyone that donated to Rosa’s; it gave me a place to eat everyday and the opportunity to get back on my feet,” a note read. “I start a new job tomorrow!”
While most food-related businesses turn the homeless away from their premises, Wartman surely is doing something gutsy and different. According to Susan Mudambi, a professor of marketing at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, customers don’t usually reject businesses because they serve the homeless. “Rosa’s Pizza did it right,” she added.’
READ MORE HERE > http://www.post-gazette.com/news/portfolio/2015/01/17/Portfolio-Philadelphia-pizza-shop-clients-pay-it-forward-buy-slices-for-homeless/stories/201501170028
Our reward for our actions and motives may not clearly be seen among men, and that’s fine. The fruit of our giving is known unto God and our satisfaction in our deeds is us knowing that we helped some one eat. Somewhere in our past God brought someone into our lives that helped us. We need to remember our neighbors in need. Motives (heart) are everything. We never want to give anything that does not cost us something. If we give to get that “tax write-off,” then it profits us nothing (ref. 1 Cor. 13:3 KJV)
Do all you do as unto the Lord Jesus. I learned long time ago, that if you have one hand open to give, the other hand will always be full.
Remember the poor and the cold tonight as you lay down in your warm bed….tell the Lord you care. And ask Him what more can you do.
Matt. 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”
THE BAR HAS BEEN RAISED! -“…ofthestory.”