Early Tuesday Morning, December 20, 2011, I sat down to read the news and happened upon the story of David Ivins, a 50 year-old homeless man who was assaulted by two young men. The 17-year-old accomplice taped the 20-year-old perpetrator, Taylor Giresi, as he repeatedly attacked Mr. Ivins. The two laughed and jeered as they punched, kicked, and humiliated the man.
A Personal Impact
I’m not sure when the tears welled in my eyes, but I had a difficult time finishing the story. Perhaps it was when the boys sought to steal Ivins’ bicycle, to which he exclaimed, “I need my bike!” Maybe my vision blurred when they knocked him to the ground, bloodying his face, then mocked him when he reached out and hugged Giresi, only to be kneed in the stomach and shoved aside.
I’m not sure when it happened. But I do know that somewhere along the way I saw a stranger who became a brother, and I knew I had to help. I built this site, found and edited the video (below), and sought to connect with others who are equally moved to reach out and make a difference.
Do You See What I See?
The Power of Hope
I plan to host this site for as long as possible. Over time its focus may broaden to help others. It may speak about not only redressing wrongs, but more importantly, lifting the hands of the weak and brokenhearted. Whether or not David Ivins ever rises personally above the state he is in is something I cannot control. Nonetheless, he is my brother. I will lift him as long as I have strength to do so.
I would like to thank Johnny Kash, who set up the Facebook page honoring and helping Mr. Ivins, and all the others who are seeking to make sure that a brother we all see is rescued from a moment, and given a new chance – if not many chances – to be healed. This life is beautiful. People among us are beautiful. And where there is hope, there is change.
This is the David Ivins Story, A Time for Change.
Im 100% with you..this s disgusting. I could not finish the video and I am going to flat out say that after he tried to hug the attacker, I cried. I have connections in the NJ Seante and General Assembly whom I will contact tomorrow. I just found out today that this happened. I also want to thank you for setting this wonderful site up-this should raise awareness of the severity and sadness of the matter. Thanks.read more