This week in Dallas, Texas, temperatures dropped to the low 30s. This was fine for everyone with a home and electricity. But for the homeless, it was misery and even dangerous. Though there are shelters, many homeless people can’t make it to one and are forced to spend their days and nights roaming the streets.
This isn’t unusual in a big city like Dallas. With their busy lives and schedules, many people don’t stop to think about how the weather might be affecting those in need.
One taco shop owner did.
For the second year in a row, Emilia Flores, owner of The Taco Stop, set out a fully-stocked coat rack just outside her shop. The idea struck her when visiting Mexico. Seeing how they went the extra mile for their homeless, Flores thought it would be a great idea to emulate.
“This is a way of people not being embarrassed about asking,” said Flores. “They just come and pick what they need and leave.”
Flores’ only intention is to help those in need. And not just the homeless, but anyone struggling financially.
“In small ways, you can actually make a difference. And this year, particularly, I thought that the world is so polarized and the country is so polarized, it’s just another reminder that it takes very little to make life easier for people.”
The whole wardrobe was stolen four times last year. While this might have deterred others in their act of kindness, Flores continues to put it back up.
Without fail, there will always be help at The Taco Shop in Dallas, Texas.
When’s the last time you stood your ground to help those in need?