Project: We See You. Big, Wonderful News!
So, where were we?
Oh, yeah, right HERE!
When I began planning Project: We See You, I didn’t think far enough ahead in regards to how I would get these bags into the hands of those who need them most.
usually always supportive husband was super excited about the idea of the bags, but much less excited at the thought of his wife aimlessly wandering around Houston, searching for people who needed them. And, while this is something I would do, I totally get his concern and where he’s coming from. I’ve got to do this the right way, and the safe way, for everyone involved.
I spent the weekend stepping over enormous bags of toiletries and toilet paper, searching for ideas as to how I was going to pull this off.
And, then, life threw me a bone.
Well, it was actually my friend Kelly who threw it.
She sent me a text early this morning, letting me know she’d just dropped off a newspaper article on my front porch.
I got home, turned on some Bubble Guppies for Leo, and sat down to read it.
And, I’m so glad I did.
The article shined a light on Houston’s very own, Marilyn Brown, President & CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Houston, a wonderful organization dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness.
The tone of the article struck a cord with me, particularly this…
“So, who exactly are the homeless, you may still wonder? The answer is simple and sad: they are us.”
(You can read the full article HERE.)
So, I put on one more episode (okay, two more) of Bubble Guppies and sat down to write Marilyn an email, asking her what my next move should be.
An hour later I received an email back from the coalition’s Community Engagement Director, Gary Grier, who had the perfect solution to my dilemma.
“We have a wonderful suggestion. On Friday, December 21, 2012, we are hosting the In Memoriam for the National Homeless Memorial at the Steps of City Hall, 900 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002. At the event, we are expecting up to 400 homeless persons to attend as a reading of the names and memorial service is conducted from 5:30 to 6:00pm. Set up is starting as early as 3pm. We will have tables and an area set up for donations at the event and you could give out the items that evening…”
And the spiral of awesomeness continues….
That means I have ten days to get everything in order for the event.
More great news: I just received the bags, so I can finally start loading them with essentials.
That’s not all.
(My UPS man is working his ass off this week.)
My sister-in-law’s shipment of fifty, brand new, long-sleeved Old Navy t-shirts arrived today, too!
Along with fifty new blankets from my awesome friend, Vanessa…
…who also sent fifty rain ponchos, which are en route to my house as I type this.
A few days ago, my cousin Celina dropped off these items…
THESE are the things I never even think about. But, homeless women get their period, too. Can you imagine not having the products to deal with your time of the month? I can’t.
And, because there are so many times I see a homeless person with a dog…we can’t forget food for their furry friends.
I ordered gloves and winter hats today, and I’m waiting for the dental hygiene kits to arrive.
So, we’re all caught up.
And, most of all, I’m so inspired.
Have an awesome week, you guys!