El Nino is on the way and we are expecting a harsh winter here in Southern California. It is a blessing on one hand, as the past few years have left our land parched. On the other hand, California is home to thousands of homeless.
Our tiny cabin, where we hang out when we are at home is in the San Bernardino Mountains at an elevation of 6000 feet. It can get cold. In fact, deadly cold for anyone with no place to live, no shelter, no roof over their head.
I felt the need to do something to help, and have decided to put together 100 survival/comfort kits to help some of the homeless in our area. That is a pretty big task, but I am up for the challenge.
I spent the afternoon researching online, and found some decent sources for some of the basic items in bulk, such as beanie hats, socks, rain ponchos, and toothbrush/paste. It is just the tip of the iceberg of what I want to include, but it got me thinking that maybe I could do more.
I found a video that had been posted on YouTube a couple of years ago by a couple in Washington who put together backpacks for about $20 each that they passed out to those most in need. That video went on to become the foundation of a GoFundMe campaign that I put into play this evening.
You can click here to find the campaign. Your donations are welcome 🙂
I am determined to make as many of these packs as I can, and am aiming for 100 of them. My first priority will be to help those in the mountain communities, where the exposure to a harsh, cold and wet winter will be brutal.
If there are packs left over, they will be distributed in the San Fernando Valley, or donated to a friend who has been feeding the homeless on SkidRow for over 20 years so that they can be passed out there. I promise that the items will NOT go to waste.
Over the next few weeks, we will shop for, order and gather-up as many of the supplies as we can. Once the supplies are in place, I would love to host a “put kits together” party, and will be looking for any kind souls who would like to volunteer to give me a hand.
A most sincere thank you in advance for anyone who feels moved to make a donation or if you have items to donate for the packs, that would also be welcomed.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that I have a dry, safe place to sleep each night. I know that there will be food on my table, and clean, warm clothes hanging in my closet.