Yesterday our team of dedicated volunteers traveled to Nogales, Mexico to give out socks to the poor and homeless. During our time there we handed out over 400 pairs of socks. So with most people receiving one pair, that is 400 people with brand new socks.
It is much different in Mexico than the states when it comes to giving out socks. For example, in Phoenix, Arizona, the homeless are extremely grateful but not too amazed that they are getting something for free. In Mexico, they couldn’t believe it. It was pure shock! Most of them didn’t want to take the socks thinking there was some kind of a catch. So we would just stuff them in their hands and say “gratis” (free). Then their faces would light up, saying “Gracias amigo!” Some even hugged us. We went through the streets, making sure to take the time to talk to them, being genuine and sincere, making most of them laugh.
In Mexico, from what I have seen from twenty years of going down there; there is so much “poor”, but not much “homeless” like there is in the United States. I believe this is because of the Latino culture in general. Mexican families look out for each other and are extremely close. In America, it seems like most people are out for themselves. In Mexico, most people are poor, but they are poor together, sleeping under one roof. To be homeless in Mexico, you must have no friends, family or messed up one too many times. To be homeless in America, it could be a matter of not getting a paycheck on time. Anyway, just a few things that have been running through my head.
Here are pictures from our fun day: