Project: We See You. With a Little Help From My Friends…
The toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant arrived! Yay for clean teeth and armpits!
I ordered fifty winter hats and gloves yesterday, which should be here by week’s end.
It pretty much looks like Costco threw up all over my house…which, how great is that?
When I started this project, my only intention was to make my mark in a very small way. I never asked for any sort of help or donations, it never even occurred to me. The holidays are hard enough without someone else hitting you up for stuff.
But, giving is contagious I guess, and it only took one person pitching in for generosity to spread like wildfire.
My friend Jamie texted me the other day, asking if she could drop off a check, and come by to help bag-stuff. This is an amazing gesture on it’s own, but even more so considering what Jamie’s going through. This woman never ceases to amaze me. Thank you, Jamie. I love you!
Three other awesome friends also dropped by this morning, each contributing in their own way. Jennifer, Kelly, and Vanessa – thank you for being you and for being there for me.
I have a tendency to scheme up all sorts of grand ideas, but I usually freeze up when it comes to actually getting them done. Because, well, there are those with Type-A personalities, and then there is me, more of a Type Z.
Luckily, Jamie and Kelly are the most efficient people I’ve ever met, so they were able to get all the supplies organized in a manageable way. Jennifer brought huge boxes of wipies and baggies and was on her hands and knees sorting, bagging, and stuffing. Vanessa also threw her whole-self in, and helped pack all the supplies, including the fifty blankets she donated (her ponchos are still on the way!).
Now that things are in order, it’s easier to figure out what I’ve got and what I still need (hardly anything).
And, I still have shipments coming in from everywhere. A Twitter friend just sent Q-tips. Another friend, chapstick. And, still another, disposable razors.
So, as of right now, here is where we’re at…
Since the beginning, I’ve had so much support from a wonderful friend who lives in my computer. The other day, she had the brilliant idea to include notes of encouragement to slip in each of the bags.
I think mine will say something like this…
“I see you. I know you’re there, and that you need help. You will not be overlooked or ignored. And, I promise you that I’ll no longer avert my gaze to avoid making eye contact with you (TO MAKE MYSELF FEEL BETTER) when we cross paths…”
If anyone wants to shoot me a message, I’ll be more than happy to include it.
Also, my friend Lindsay, out in California, designed these for the bags…
….initially intended to be used as tags to tie on each one.
But, this morning, Kelly had a great idea to use them as cards, with information on Houston’s homeless services, resources, and locations printed right on the back. Love it.
I’m so thrilled to hear that many of you are starting similar projects in your area. Imagine all the people who will benefit?
I’ve had many people ask if they can still help. I think right now the best thing you can do is to help people in your community. But, I know what a time-suck life can be, so if it’s easier to pitch in for the Houston homeless, this is definitely not your last chance. I plan on making this a regular thing, because people are homeless year round.
Now, off to the Dollar Store for nail clippers!
If you’re are wondering what this is all about…