Jackson

Grade 5

Macklin
Saskatchewan

Hand Up Not Hand Out

When you are walking around downtown, you see people who ask for new clothes or money. They need a hand up, not a hand out. They want a home, not a house. A home is not just four walls. A home is love, friends, family, kindness, safety, sharing, heart, food, chances, empathy, memories, chores, responsibility, pride, mistakes, laughter, forgiveness, understanding, happy, and joy. All of these experiences are what many people take for granted. Put yourself in their shoes. Try to imagine how hard it is to live on the streets. Not being able to afford to rent or buy a house or ever have warmth and a furnace. You freeze to death literally death. Home means a lot to me as it should to you too.