Because of the extreme cold, our homeless shelters were concerned about needing supplies for triple the amount of people they normally receive in winter. They put out an appeal for food and blankets and I put out an email to my co-workers saying if they wanted to donate, I would drive the stuff to the shelter. The response was so huge that we fully loaded 3 SUVs with food, pillows, blankets, coats, hats and gloves. These people went out in the bitter, bitter cold Monday night (and most of them are not young and many live paycheck to paycheck themselves) to buy this stuff. Have I ever mentioned how much I love my colleagues?
Lately I have been quite disheartened by people who claim to be advocates for the poor and disenfranchised, and write whole posts confessing their privilege, but all they seem to do is talk about it. And then everyday good people just quietly step up to the plate and restore my faith in humanity.
So yay for them and for everyone who steps up.
And lots of gratitude for all of us who are sleeping in comfy beds in warm homes.