Each year we invite members of the community to spend a night at our annual…
How About Cold and Homeless?
Most of us have been cold. We know what that feels like. When we get cold, we like to rush home, put the heat on, get under the covers, or have a hot drink. But what if you don’t have a home to go to? No warm bed, no heat. What if your bed is the cold, hard ground? What if you don’t have a comfy home with heat? What if you are living on the street, cold and homeless. We can only imagine what that would be like – but for many, they don’t have to imagine – it’s their reality!
Even in South Florida!
So, even in Florida it gets cold. There’s not always room in the shelters, so some just have to tough it out. Showering Love is there for them – Jeanne, Tom, Deb and Jen go out with blankets, coffee, hot chocolate and hot soup. They also pass out socks to cover hands as well as feet.
We see people trying to sleep and we gently wake them and say – “Are you cold?” The reply is “Yes! I’m freezing!!” We gently cover them and let them sleep. One man said to Deb that “they don’t think about us little people when it’s cold. At 4 am, we’re begging for the sun to come up!” When we were finished that night, that man came to Deb and kissed her on the cheek and said, “You’ll be blessed for this!” We feel blessed to be a part of an organization that does care for the “little people” who are cold and homeless.
You Can Help
When it gets cold you can help by grabbing a sweatshirt, hoodie, gloves, scarves – whatever you would put on if you were cold. Take someone with you and go out to see if you can help. You will go home with a warm heart, for sure!!! Thank you to all the angels that provided the blankets that we were able to hand out!! They were SO appreciated!!!
These statistics are chilling!! We are so grateful that we don’t have to be as cold as people who live “up North”, but when the temperature drops and you’re living out in the open, it still feels so cold!! Let’s do what we can to help those who are cold and homeless this winter!