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Hello, there is no easy way to say this. I am in the unfortunate position of being between a rock and a hard place. My current situation is the culmination of poverty, and despair. Lack of effort, and hard work are not among the reasons why. Life can be cruel, moreso for some than others. I do my best to help others. Sadly, now that I am in a homeless situation, that kindness has not been reciprocated. There has even been an element of danger, and I know it is not safe for me here. The reason? Because I showed kindness, and integrity as a good person. 

   I started delivering food full-time in the pandemic, and noticed that no matter how large the orders, or how many i completed- that the pay per delivery pretty much made it so that deliverers have to rely on tips just to make enought to barely get by. That is unacceptable. I saw other drivers that seemed to suffer the same. I spoke to them. It was so. So I decided to make a video about this dilemma. I was not expecting it to be seen all over the world, even the news. I have been interviewed a few times about this video.

     I even started a petition on It so far has 13,000 signatures. It’s a start. The corporations have yet to reply to this, but as the numbers grow, they might just have to. I’m happy I can attribute to making a change. I just want fairness. I know what it is like to have debt, bills, and to be seemingly a hair away from sleeping outside- and having no way out. Not even a firm footing to stand on.

  I need anyone that takes the time to read this- to know that I am determined to make it. I just need a helping hand. I know there are some that will have the empathy to understand my plight. I cannot pay for this car, and it’s all I have to make money. It’s actually all I have. And I do not own it. I barely have anything besides my few possessions, and my faith. 

     If I could get a work van, and some equipment, I could provide useful services, as I have some abilities that might prove useful to people. That way, I can afford to finish paying for something I deserve to keep, and possibly start a new path that leads to financial stability. First, that starts with a place to stay, proper necessities for basic life- and of course somewhere to rest, and perform basic hygiene.

I am grateful for your time in reading this. “May the Lord repay you, for your kindness.”- Ruth 2:12.

“The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”- Numbers 6:24-26


Smithson Michael
New York, NY

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