- 17) Help someone if it’s cold (or not cold).
It is pretty darn cold out there the day I am posting this (12 degrees Fahrenheit with an expected wind chill in a couple days of negative 11) and one thing we can all try to do is something like this…
Get a few jars of peanut butter, go to a thrift store and get a few metal spoons, a few cloth grocery bags, a few pairs of gloves and maybe a knit hats.
Make up a bag with a jar of food, the spoon (not plastic, those break), the gloves (bigger is better) and hat and be ready to just hand it to anyone looking like they need it.
Some water is good too, but if you’ll be keeping the bags in your car that may not work well as they’ll freeze.
Along with what I mentioned and whatever else you add, maybe print off on a little piece of paper and include it in there where any local shelters are in your town.
So,…. bag, food, clothing, info and if possible water.
Now, obviously you may come across this when it’s warm, but there are still plenty of people that could benefit from something like a little food and water and whatever else you can spare.
There are countless reasons why people are homeless. Laziness is not one of them. Try sleeping outside in a city. You’ll find it’s not something desirable. They need help for various reasons, many might not be comfortable going to a shelter, and we can’t let people freeze and starve. That’s not acceptable, so please do what you can.
And lastly, food, clothing and shelter are not all of what one needs to live, feeling Love and Compassion are important. Respect is important. Those are people out there, please don’t let their situation change your awareness of the fact that we are all Brothers and Sisters and we’re all in this together. Thank you.
Addition here, a new friend on facebook shared this link, thanks Amy!
Another addition here! Another new friend on facebook shared this, thanks Allison!
(This is for those in Cincinnati Oh, BUT while the specific places may be different,. look into what you have locally)
“The weather is going to be dangerously cold this evening. Please continue to spread the word about the Cold Shelter located at the Drop Inn Center (217 W 12th Street.) Doors open at 9 and no one will be turned away. If you see someone who is willing to go to the shelter but does not have transportation, please contact the non emergency police number for the town township that they are located in.
Also, if you see some 17 or under they can go to the Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center at 3330 Jefferson Ave.”
Thanks and Peace,