Today was the 83rd week of making and delivering care bags for the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. December 15, 2014, makes 445 care bags full of nutritious snacks, toiletries and assistance information have been delivered.
I made 10 or so care bags this week. 8 to deliver to my homeless friends and a few extra that were given to customers of Artist Painters. I make it a habit to give care bags to new customers I meet and really just about anyone I have a similar interaction with. I like to grab those opportunities to give a care bag and explain to them they can keep it for themselves or give it to someone homeless. I think there is equal benefit to someone looking at the contents with the homeless in mind and delivering the bag. Its an opportunity to confront someone in a kind way to the possible needs of the homeless. The response is always a positive one, I really enjoy giving these bags to friends to raise their awareness.
I made a care-bag and a clothing bag for a particular woman I see sometimes on my way to the paint store on Irving Park Road. When I was driving up to the intersection, I didn’t see her at first but she was off to the side of the road near a bench for public transit. I parked and waved to her, she was reading something, looked like a pamphlet. As I approached I told her I had a bag for her and “this coat” that I thought of her in particular when I saw it. She said that was very sweet and went on about in a joyful way. She told me she was sorry for her mood and its been a “funny day”, “…with the holidays coming up”. I didn’t notice until then that she was crying, tears streaming down her face. I told her I understood, but didn’t try to console her any more at the risk of being naive of the situation. I shook her hand and introduced my self. She laughed at my name saying, “well i’m Norma Jean!” I told her we should have an easy time remember each others names and told her goodbye. I couldn’t help but feel when I got back in my car, I should have hugged her. I’m not sure. I wanted to but we just met. Sometimes a hug goes a very long way. I hope the gesture of kindness was enough to help with what she was dealing with today. I’m glad I found her today, of all days to give her a couple bags of clothes and food, toiletries.
I want to give credit to GoGo Squeez, the makers of great, healthy fruit products. They are a very supportive company to care-bags.org with their consistent donations of their product. They have delivered cases after case of their apple sauce packets to this little organization of one.
Today was the 82nd week of making and delivering care bags for the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. December 7, 2014, makes 435 care bags full of nutritious snacks, toiletries and assistance information have been delivered.
Getting the care-bags for the homeless ready tonight to deliver tomorrow. Tomorrow I’ll add the cheese sticks, water, Gatorade, nutrition drink and pudding cups before I deliver. These bags in the winter more often than not include hand warmers, scarves or socks, cough drops, etc.