there are some things that the homeless truly need in the summer, not only for the bare comfort level, but also for survival. socks are just as, if not more important for the homeless in the summer. when it's hot and your feet constantly sweat, it can be not only extremely uncomfortable but dangerous to your health not to have access to clean socks. your feet become a pool of bacteria when you constantly sweat during those hot days and nites. underwear is the same. it's vital to have clean underwear. water and/or juice is another vital thing to have during the summer. you can become dehydrated very quickly in the hot temperatures. the homeless often have no respite or escape from the heat, so hydration is critically important. sunscreen and lip balm are another essential to have when you are constantly outdoors in the sun or the shade. it's not only a health consideration but a comfort consideration also. hats and sunglasses are a luxury for the homeless, something we take for granted. but if you've never been in the hot sun for an extended period of time without a hat on, it can be very painful. there are other things, some minor, some major. the point is summer does not provide relief for the homeless, it just changes the parameters of survival.
i don't try to concentrate on the homeless within the city. they can find relief. i visit the campsites and the homeless who reporters and bloggers fondly call the hidden homeless. they're out there. they're not coming in to the mission or any other shelter. they've chosen to remain on their own. it's not mine to judge whether or not it's the correct thing for them and it's not my position to try to explain why they do this. it's only my position to try and provide whatever comfort i can and try to give them whatever i can to increase the chances for their own survival and health. from chrisitiana to brandywine to new castle....they're out there. i know where they are. if i don't.....i seek them out. we try to make sure they have water, some other form of hydration such as powdered gatorade and one or two of the things i mentioned above.
so here we are again....facing another summer. we are going to try and stock up now. memorial day and hot weather is approaching. we...i....need your help in doing this. somehow we manage to scrape by again and again and continue to do what we do...help the homeless when and where we can. we operate solely on whatever small donations we get and with our own money. but this year is different. i am not going to once again put myself at risk to continue doing this. so yes...we need your help and your money to continue this year. anything amount helps and any amount would be appreciated. we have no overhead except for gasoline so 100% of whatever we collect goes straight to the homeless.no salaries,no expenses....just helping the homeless.
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