the increased awareness of separation from family and friends can be extremely stressful and weigh heavily on you. i say time of reckoning because many are faced with the harsh realities of what being homeless brings and the feeling of lost connections with those you love are brought to the front and center during the holiday season. despite the well intended efforts of many wonderful people during the holiday season, that feeling of something missing and that feeling of abandonment is always lurking just beneath the surface.
i haven't had much time or resources to make my homeless hunting rounds lately, but a few nights ago i did just that. i was surprised to find a group of campers in an area i thought i had covered before. but there they were, three men and two women, camping in an area they call christiana here in the wilmington area. their tents were up and it looked as though they had been there for more than a few days. the campsite was well maintained and they were friendly, but wary. i talked with them for awhile and looked around without being too intrusive. i was disturbed by the fact that they didn't really have anything other than the tents to keep them warm with the cold approaching, which is now here. the weather took a sharp turn last nite and it's cold, windy and going to be even colder over the next two or three days. the lows are forecast in the 20's.
i would like to get these people some sleeping bags and warm blankets. so once again i'm turning to you, the readers of this website to help. i know it's christmas and i know you're probably stretched on your budget. i know
you're thinking i just don't have the resources to do this right now. but this is not a luxury for them. it's a necessity. they did not ask me for this. they made no requests. but i know they need it, i know they will appreciate it and i know it is a matter of surviving for them.
if i can convince enough of you to donate as little as ten or twenty dollars i can get these people some warm items during these cold days. go to the donate section and click on the button. do it today. there is no lay away or waiting for sale prices for these people. the need is now. the need is real. try to find it in your heart of hearts to help if you can. let these people know that there are those who care and there are those who are willing to help when someone is in need, especially during this time of year. don't underestimate the power of giving. don't underestimate the power of caring.
see you around town