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Sunday, December 02, 2018

When I was a caseworker for The American Red Cross, we had a lot of homeless people use our offerings. One man told us that his friend died, frozen to the side of a building in an alley. It is mostly an invisible population unless you see some on the streets in large cities. Out-of-sight-out-of-mind.
In warmer climates, it is really more noticeable because people will find a way to go south if possible. Here, in cold weather over half the year, homeless people must find someplace out-of-the-way, unless they want to be taken to a shelter or made to move along. We do have a mission here but as always, it is never big enough.
Homeless veterans are here as well.
If you have extra blankets, socks, clothing, shoes, boots,etc, feel free to donate them to your church, synagogue, or local mission.
It is a year-round need, so feel free to clean out the closets, garage, attic,etc, after the holidays. Hunger, despair, and basic necessities are easy to ease with somebody else's generosity.
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    Great reminder. Those of us who have too much could share a few things with those who have little. I can't imagine homeless people living outside in the cold Michigan winter. So tragic.
    11 days ago
    Yes, here in sunny San Diego there are thousands and thousands of homeless veterans. Working for a world in which they have access to all of the resources they need!
    11 days ago
  • DEBANNE1124
    We gav e 2 lawn huge leaf bags full of clothes, slippers and shoes along with tooth brushes and tooth paste 2 weeks ago. Good point you ahve here.
    12 days ago
    Thanks for the important reminder.
    12 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Great reminder. Before I retired (2006) from the phone company (AT&T) our offices had moved from Southfield, MI to Detroit, MI. Talk about culture shock. Not in the business district where I worked, but on the drive into and out of there it was several miles of just what you talk about. People pushing grocery carts with every belonging in the world they had and so many large cardboard boxes that they lived in. I shall never forget that and the pain it put in my heart. And things are worse now and not better!

    Good point. And, yes, we do donate too so thank you or bringing this blog to anyone that doesn't know about it.

    12 days ago
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