October 6, 2013, Week 29 of making and delivering care bags to the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. 149 care bags have been made and delivered as of today.
The CTA is undergoing some major changes with the Ventra Card. These changes will make it difficult for low income people and homeless to utilize public transportation. An aspect of the ventra card is it drafts directly from your bank account. There will be no weekly or monthly passes, possibly no daily passes as well. This means the low income and homeless will have to pay per ride which will cost them more. Unfortunately this is taking place this winter when riding the trains and buses help supply a little comfort from the cold to the homeless. This weeks care packages included information on the occurring changes and I found most of the homeless I saw were not aware of the changes. I delivered the back packs I recently purchased as well as a new supply of vitamins, as I suspect they are getting low on their supply. Im still in search of more blankets and yoga mats or camping mats to help insulate during this winter, some good sleeping bags would be great. I met Steven today, a large man with a big beard. He was very friendly and extremely talkative I could barely get in a word and for those that know me…that’s NEVER happens. He was talking about being “normal” again with his hopes of getting a job soon. No Jeff or Theresa today but Ill go back out later this afternoon and do a little searching…
October 14, 2013, Week 30 of making and delivering care bags to the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. 155 care bags have been made and delivered as of today. Time goes by so quickly. Mostly it seems like it was yesterday that I made the first of the care bags and delivered them. Over seven months later I realize, with every week that passes, the depth of trust and understanding that is bestowed between myself and those that receive the bags. It has been displayed in two directions. Over time, something slowly developed between us, an understanding that’s hard to explain to others unless they take a similar journey. Im so grateful to be where I am now. Connecting with a group of people that are conditioned for “let downs”, conditioned for distrust and hardened by life on the streets provides valuable insights to human beings. It makes me question aspects of my personality is a result of “let downs” and distrust. Im thankful for the press that will be coming out over the next couple months to help shine a light on their struggles and am hopeful they will inspire a different outlook and empathy for those we try so hard to ignore. Im bothered by the fact that winter is coming. Many blankets, sweaters and hats have been delivered thanks to the generosity of people following my notes and journey. Thank you all for helping!
October 21, 2013, Week 31 of making and delivering care bags to the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. 161 care bags have been made and delivered as of today.
This weeks care bags were made by Bita Nourahmadi. I met Bita after my interview on Windy City Live. She organized the care packages, as well as some other needed items, with the help of her friends as a way to celebrate her birthday. I added some clothing to the bags and will deliver them tomorrow afternoon. Bita included socks, hats, gloves as well as nutritional items, treats and toiletries. I generally make plain bags to draw as little attention as possible for the homeless. I feel this weeks bags are an expression of color from Bita. Im hoping the color will have an uplifting/humorous effect on the recipients.
October 27, 2013, Week 32 of making and delivering care bags to the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. 166 care bags have been made and delivered as of today.
Its been a while since I posted a picture of the contents of a typical care bag. This weeks bags contain, Gatorade, water, iced tea, nutrition drink, candy bar, GoGo Squeez apple sauce packet, Luna Bar, 2 Uber bars, JIF peanut butter serving, Slim Jims, peanut butter crackers, cashew/trail mix, 2 Clif bars, chewing gum, fruit crunch bar, Kashi bar, granola bars, sweet and salty bars, Nutri-grain bar, Sun chips, apple, Lunchable, tissue paper, wet wipes, chap stick, Rolaids, zip loc bag, Gold Bond Powder, Lotion, Information packet of various shelters/food pantries and assistance in Chicago.