I have been away from California for almost 3 years. Last week, I was staying in downtown LA in a four-star hotel. My view: tents of homeless people. There’s an estimated 60,000 homeless people living in Los Angeles. 44,000 of those people are unsheltered living in tents, cardboard boxes and their cars. Many of them are employed but simply cannot afford the cost of living.
My heart hurts for them. California is one of the wealthiest states in the United States. Capitalism is not working. In Los Angeles, they try to make it illegal to feed the homeless. That’s the most sad, sickening and disgusting thing I’ve ever heard in my life.
I thought it would be a wonderful time to take my daughter down to the toy district since we were only eight blocks away. As we walked down the street, I had to tell my daughter to watch her steps, so that she didn’t accidentally step in dog poop. I didn’t have the heart to tell my daughter that wasn’t dog poop and pee, it was human feces. I’m not exaggerating, it was disgusting. We went into three toy shops and my daughter was done. We were stepping over bodies walking in the stores that had tents set up in between them. She chose to give the rest of her shopping money to various homeless people.
My five-year-old didn’t want any more toys, she just wanted to leave. My heart was broken for all those people that we saw but I was proud that my daughter was being raised with a heart. She understood that those people eating and having food is more important than her having toys.
California needs an overhaul! And I’m not talking about the sirens and lights going down the streets at 6 a.m. to wake the homeless up so they can move from in front of the businesses. Those people need resources, those people need affordable housing and those people deserve food! I’m utterly disgusted with the cost of living; they need rent control. People deserve homes and food in one of the wealthiest countries in the world! We need to get our priorities straight! Instead of expensive cars, shoes, bags and clothes, we need to make sure our brothers and sister have food and shelter! Prayer is a great action, but sometimes God needs people’s assistance to help those prayers come true!