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My heart breaks because I cannot heal your pain.
So many helpless names and faces.
No one cares,
No one wonders,
Where they will find shelter,
Where they will find food,
Each one who passes looks back with disgust;
But truly they should only feel shame.
Shame doesn’t s cross their mind.
They believe they have done nothing wrong as they look the other way.
Some day they may need a helping hand,
They may find that no one wants to help them.
So as I pass by I give all I can and wish them good luck,
wishing and asking for nothing in return.
I hope for their future, wishing only good things.
May their tomorrows be better than their todays.
May they find the strength to begin over again.
May they receive the helping hand so badly needed.
May they find the strength and the courage to take all the help that is given.
May each person who has something to offer
be generous enough to share with someone who needs something.
Be kind-hearted and gentle and offer words of encouragement.
Your reward will be happiness and comfort.
Your heart will feel warmth and you may even shed a tear.
This is a good thing.
The help you lend offers happiness to an entire family
who may have lost the chance to see their loved one whole again.
So won’t you be kind and help the one you think to pass by.
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Copyright 2014 Felina Silver Robinson, “Good Samaritan©”
By Maria Papadopoulos/The Enterprise
A Brockton man was commended in Boston on Wednesday for intervening to help an MBTA police officer who was being assaulted at South Station.
The Enterprise reported that Steven Germain, a Quincy native who works as a Massachusetts Bay commuter rail car inspector, received a Certificate of Commendation at Transit Police Headquarters in Boston Wednesday morning.
MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul S. MacMillan, who presented the certificate to Germain, praised Germain’s “service before self, perseverance and commitment” in helping to diffuse a chaotic situation.
“His swift and decisive measures disrupted an assault on a police officer which could have resulted in serious injuries,” MacMillan said in a statement Wednesday. “His immediate and selfless intervention directly contributed to the apprehension of a dangerous individual.”
Germain intervened to help MBTA Officer Vincent Moy, who was attacked while patrolling the commuter rail lobby inside Boston’s South Station about 7 p.m. on March 10, MacMillan said.
An unidentified man began acting erratically, and pushed Moy to the ground as the officer was trying to restrain and handcuff him, MacMillan said.
Germain saw the assault and “without regard for his own well-being,” quickly ran to help Moy, and pulled the man off him, MacMillan said.
Reached Wednesday afternoon, Germain, 54, said he acted quickly out of fear for the officer’s safety.
“I just did what I thought was right, took the man off him,” said Germain. “I didn’t think anything of it.”
Germain and Moy then restrained and handcuffed the man.
Germain, who is single, said he moved from Quincy to Brockton two years ago. He is a 1978 graduate of Quincy High School.
He said he has worked for the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail for two decades.
Ava Lins says boss took her off schedule after giving man $1 cup of joe
Ava Lins, 19, is in financial dire straits.
“I have about $10 to my name,” she told NewsCenter 5 on Monday from her Salem apartment.
Her electricity and her cellphone service are about to be terminated. She can barely afford her rent, and just finally caught up with her heating bill.
Lins said much of this is because the 7-11 convenience store on Norman Street in Salem is in the process of firing her for giving away a free coffee to a homeless man.
“He was freezing,” Lins told NewsCenter 5’s Liam Martin in an exclusive story. “You could tell. It was one of the coldest nights of the month.”
She offered him a warm cup of Joe — a small, worth about $1.
She said her boss, Romany Youseff, entered the store Thursday night as the homeless man was leaving.
“My boss … grabbed his jacket and began screaming and yelling, ‘Did you pay for this? Did you pay for this?’ And I lied for him, I said, ‘Yes,'” she said.
Youseff, the owner of the 7-11, confronted Lins about the incident the next day. She admitted that the man hadn’t actually purchased the coffee. Lins demanded that she pay for it.
She did. A few days later, she was effectively out of work.
“Basically my co-worker called me after my shift and told me that he took me off the schedule,” she said. “He was done with me.”
Lins said Youseff has wanted to fire her ever since she requested Sundays off and that he’s using this an opportunity. Under state law, employees at retail establishments can decline to work Sundays without fear of retribution from their employers.
Youseff would not talk to NewsCenter 5 on camera but told said he can’t allow employees to steal from the store. He denied that he has fired Lins, but said he is considering it.
A representative from 7-11’s corporate office in Dallas said the company doesn’t comment on personnel matters at franchises, as the owners are responsible for hiring and firing employees.
Lins said she simply wants to work.
“7-11 preaches that they’re customer-oriented,” she said. “Well, I tried to show that. I paid with my own money. I hope that if I ever worked for someone else, they would understand where I’m coming from,” she said.