Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tazi's Corner #67 - I Support The "Suspended Coffee" Movement! (Will You?)

Dear Readers:

How much does a hot cup of coffee cost? Would you be willing to buy one for someone who is so down on their luck that they cannot afford to purchase one? Such a person does not have to be could be a single Mom who is waiting out in the cold for her could be an elderly grandfather living on a very fixed could be a college student paying their way through college on work-study and student loans...or it could be someone just like you whose luck turned for the worse and they now find themselves in a situation they never dreamed of living. Can you spare enough to purchase this person a hot coffee on a cold day? How about a muffin or a bagel to go with it? Are you looking for a way to pay forward a kindness received, a break given? A simple but brilliant way to give is making its way across the world - will you take part in it?

The concept of "suspended coffee" started in Naples, Italy, and is really quite simple: when you walk into a coffee shop or a café - or even your local 7-11 or Cumberland Farms - to purchase something for yourself, ask if you can pay for a "reserve" coffee that will be given to someone who needs a hot beverage but cannot afford one. It doesn't have to be anything fancy - a small cup with cream and sugar is all anyone needs to warm their body on a freezing cold day, and the process of doing this will warm your heart, as well. So often we are afraid to give to street-beggars because we assume that they will be spending what they receive on drugs or alcohol and not food or that hot coffee they are claiming they seek to buy. Would you give if you could pay for it in advance?

At least he is honest!

With the change of seasons from summer to autumn, shorter days and cooler nights are upon us; in much of the world the temperatures will be dipping to uncomfortable lows that even a warm coat and fuzzy mittens cannot keep out of our bones. If you are the owner or manager of a coffee shop or café, would you be willing to accept the purchase of "reserve coffees"? I realize this idea conjures up an image of unwashed homeless people loitering in and around your business, harassing your customers,  and if that happens you have every reason to stop accepting such orders - but in the spirit of the season, would you be willing to try?

As it is written in Hebrews Chapter 13, verse 2, "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."


Ask Tazi! is ghostwritten by a human with Bachelors degrees in Communications and in Gender and Women's Studies. Tazi-Kat is not really a talking feline.

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