On my mind and in my heart

I met Shelley near a group of dumpsters behind a strip mall. As I walked by, she asked if I could buy her a soda pop. We talked for a short while as I gave her one of our survival bags (water, raisins, cheese, peanut butter, crackers, tuna, etc.) with the list of agencies where she might find some assistance. I asked her where she was staying - she said no place. I could tell my questions were making her uncomfortable - she didn't want to go to lunch, so I gave her $20.00 and a prayer. She began crying as she thanked me. She's been on my mind and in my heart ever since.

-- Nancy Smith