June 2014

June 21, 2014, week 60 of making and delivering care bags to the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. As of today 318 care bags full of nutritious snacks, toiletries and assistance information have been delivered.

Everyone was in great spirits today and talkative. James (California exit at Diversy) is the only one still using one of the signs I made. I asked about the sign and if anything interesting was happening or if it was making him more money. He just shrugged his shoulders and said, “you know how people are”…he smiled and thanked me and I wished him well.

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June 15, 2014, week 59 of making and delivering care bags to the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. As of today 311 care bags full of nutritious snacks, toiletries and assistance information have been delivered.

 I really hope these continued posts inspire people to make their own care bags. That was the entire reason for posting that first care bags delivery back in April of 2013. The amount of joy and understanding connecting with this group of people society ignores, is something I’d like everyone to experience. I urge everyone, make a few care bags with your family, with your friends and deliver them as an act of kindness and connection. Take the time to imagine what someone living on the streets might need on a daily basis then go purchase those items and deliver them to someone in need. Be safe but, don’t be afraid. These people are sons and daughters, fathers and mothers. They had a childhood and a life like yours at one time. Its an easy thing to do to go out of your way to do something nice and sincere without expecting anything in return. Please give yourself this gift.

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June 1, 2014, week 58 of making and delivering care bags to the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. As of today 306 care bags full of nutritious snacks, toiletries and assistance information have been delivered.

Received a huge box of hundreds of new T-Shirts from Al Patti’s bar, Marty Patti and Barbara Riley, from my hometown of Indiana, PA.  This weeks care bags included at least 5 new T-Shirts. Its very difficult for those homeless to launder their clothing, often wearing socks, shirts and under garments for a week at a time.  Its easier for them and less hassle to throw them away and buy new ones.  Since laundry mats are privately owned facilities its in the facility owners or managers power to ask them to leave.  These shirts are going to be great over the next few weeks. Everyone was grateful for a couple cold drinks in this hot Chicago weather today.  I haven’t seen Bud since his family is helping him.  Jeff has been collecting his Social Security and hasn’t been panhandling, though I’m not sure if hes off the streets.  Nic and Michael are gone as well.  Nic is in a rehab program and not sure of Michael’s whereabouts.   

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