A Scarf to Warm the Heart

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We were just getting ready to pack things up this afternoon at the park, when he came walking up quickly. I asked him if he wanted something to eat. He stood there shaking and said no thanks but mentioned that he was freezing. With a desperate look in his eyes, he asked if I had any gloves. I told him I would check my truck. I started to dig through my stuff in the truck and thought…please let there be a pair left. I did find gloves for him. As I handed him the gloves, the look of despair left and the biggest smile came across his face. I told him to wait a minute and I returned to my truck and pulled out a scarf. I gave it to him and he said he didn’t need it and felt strange wearing a scarf. I told him it’s cold and he needed to keep himself warm. I took the scarf and wrapped it around his neck and told him to keep it on whether he liked it or not….think of it as a warm hug around your neck. He chuckled and smile saying you just brought back memories of my mom…she use to do the same thing. We started to pack up and he jumped in and helped load things in the truck. I told him thanks for the help. He says that nothing is free on the streets and he was paying me back for the gloves and scarf…..I told him we do things because we care and love you, not because we expect something in return. He just smiled at me and when I was leaving, he look over to me and said….I can get use this scarf thing…you know the whole thinking of it as a hug around the neck. Even though he needed something to keep his body warm, sometimes there is a deeper need that needs to be met….and that scarf will be a reminder when he pulls it tight around his neck, feeling that hug….he is not alone and there are people out there that care and love him.  Thanks to all who make doing this possible.

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10 Years

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What a wonderful and beautiful day in the park. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to celebrate 10 years of service to our friends in the park. Yes, 10 years. It seems like just yesterday I was handing out my first sandwich to the first gentleman. He went by the name of Marlboro and had a little dog named scamp. Ten years later and we are serving over a hundred. I want to thank each and every person who has given of themselves to come down and serve long side myself, I also want to say thank you to all that have donated over the years, if it were not for each and every one of you….we would not be celebrating ten years.

Thank you to those who came down today and helped serve and thank you Tim from Astegos.org for loaning us your grill so we could cook up a special meal for our folks. Jeremiah rocked it on the grill…making over a hundred quesadillas and for bringing his grandpa Bill (loving having him around) . Liz (Tim’s aunt), Jerry and Preacher thanks for all you did serving our folks.  Thanks also goes out to my son James and his wife Brie for all they did helping me prepare for today’s meal. I love and appreciate each and everyone of you. Below you will find a link to a video of today and some photos. Once again thank you for making the last ten years amazing!!!

Help needed to keep the kids warm

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At the park, we have some of the cutest young kids. This past Sunday the weather had turned cooler and I was concerned about the kids being warm and what they had available to help with staying warm with up coming colder weather. After talking to some of the parents, I found that they have been able to supply some of their winter needs for their children, but there are some that are still needed. I am reaching out to anyone who might be able to help with these needs.  We have some little girls who are in need of warm clothing in the size 2T, 5 or 6 and size 7 to 8. We also have a few little boys ranging in age from about 6 to 10. They also could use gloves, beanies and socks. If you can help in anyway, please let me know. Many are school age kids and going to school with proper clothing to wear would be a blessing to them. Remember that when not in school these kids are having to spend their time on the streets or in a car. They don’t always have a warm place to get out of the cold and having warm items to wear can really make their day a little more bearable. Thank you for your help.