What Will You Face This Winter?
“My child has been sick for the last four days. Being able to use the CVS cards for her co-pays and extra diapers really helped” - Maya.
That is an example of the product of your generous donations so thank you so much! As Cards4aCause comes to it’s one year anniversary, I reached out to both of the shelters we work with to see if or how the gift cards were helping. I am happy to report, that both leaders heard from their residents that this was extremely helpful and we received some quotes from one of the shelters. They are on the website here: http://www.cards4acause.org/testimonials/
Would your favorite season change if you were homeless? Being homeless in the summer is hard, harder than people tend to think. Hypothermia is not a concern but overheating, fainting and dehydration are just as dangerous. However, winter is also hard, especially in places like Boston, where temperatures drop below freezing and stay there for days on end.
700 people who are at risk for homelessness or experiencing it, die annually in the United States from the cold according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. Winter shelters and emergency shelters only open for extreme cold conditions; significantly lower than when hypothermia can set in. Mickie “Red” Roquemore was a Detroit resident who stayed in shelters and caused no problems. He was called a “great guy.” But on New Year’s Day, he was found dead after sleeping on a porch in 15 degree weather. Unfortunately, his story is not unheard of, or even rare. Anastasia had a similar circumstance, a transgender woman who wore high heels and wanted to be called “Your Majesty.” She lived in San Francisco, was called a “thorn in their side,” but her friends loved her. She was sitting on a bench outside a coffee shop when she died. It is hard to think of someone who was sitting outside, hoping they would survive the night. To read the full article, click here: https://thinkprogress.org/cold-weather-has-already-claimed-the-lives-of-the-homeless-72d22839c33b#.zeep5emf6
Let’s continue to Give Outside the Box
With much thanks,
Joanna Munson-Palomba & Cards4aCause