December 4, 2017
The weather is pretty great right now, but cold winter weather is coming (it may not feel like it, but we know it’ll be here). For most of us, that just means we’ll turn on the heat. Or we’ll pull on some warm socks. Maybe we’ll curl up under a warm blanket.
Too many of our neighbors, however, are living and sleeping outside.
More than 2,000 people in Travis County were experiencing homelessness as of the most recent count from the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition. About 40 percent of those folks were outside on the streets, parks, under bridges or in camps in the woods.
We’re blessed with a number of organizations doing great work to end homelessness. But while we’re working on getting every person experiencing homelessness into a safe place, those people living on the streets have some very simple needs. Like blankets. And socks. Pretty basic stuff to stay warm during a cold time of year.
Blankets and Socks
In the spirit of this season, I’m asking for your assistance.
Front Steps, which operates the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless wants to provide blankets for a significant number of our friends. St. David’s Episcopal Church is working to provide socks and other pretty basic items. The First Baptist Church of Austin is raising money as part of its “Advent Conspiracy” to sponsor an RV for the Mobile Loaves & Fishes Community First! Village. St. David’s and First Austin are two downtown churches that have made it part of their mission to help our homeless. I’m moved by their efforts.
I’m donating to each other these organizations and I’m asking you to please, please join me in this project. Let’s help them achieve their goals. Whatever amount you give will be appreciated.
I tease about my promise to give you more stories about that sweet Effie girl. But I do promise to report about how things are going on this project of warmth. I promise to remind you of our need and obligation, especially this time of year, to touch other lives, clothe strangers and provide cover for those who have the least.
Make your holidays a little warmer by helping your neighbors stay warm, too.