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Old 12-13-2010, 07:58 PM
 
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Does anybody know if anything is organized in the city of Norfolk as far as driving around to find those in need of help?

Was going to drive in my neighborhood with an extra blanket we have and fleece hats I just got today, but hubby reminded me that people could be paranoid, seeing an unknown individual handing out stuff.

Having lived in larger cities, I recall organized missions to go and find those who might not have the mental abilities or physical strength to find shelter/help.

Otherwise, I guess I'll offer my blanket and hats tomorrow, in the daytime.
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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Check with the Union Mission building downtown. If anyone knows about anything going for the homeless, it would probably be them. And I know they take donations too. I donated clothes last Fall.

Also, my experience with the homeless has been that they're usually receptive of gifts from strangers. If I was sleeping on a snow covered sidewalk, and someone wanted to give me an extra blanket or coat, I'd definitely take it.
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:36 AM
 
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You're right xGrendelx. Went and got a bowl of hot soup and a bunch Heatmax hand warmers this morning and handed them to this poor fellow who'd slept outside (lows in the teens and very windy yesterday). We chatted a bit and I can understand him not wanting to seek shelter when he's been harassed in some of those places in the past. The man does not drink, went to college, did 9 years in the Navy, reads a lot, is incredibly well-spoken. He's been homeless in the city of Norfolk since 1990. I encourage those of you who are hesitant but have good intentions to reach out, sooner than later, not to try and change a person's life, but to make it a little less unbearable even if for one day. Heatmax hand warmers are a buck a pair at the Dollar store (or whatever the name of the place is). For obvious reasons, care should be taken in the approach: I know this person by sight, I see him every day in my neighborhood, would not have approached him otherwise. I went in broad daylight, said hello with a smile, asked if he wanted my help. There, not a very complicated formula. Listened to him and conversed, had to end the conversation, he had a lot to say, or he was trying to be courteous and let me end it first The man has had an incredibly hard life but his eyes and smile were so honest and refreshing, dare I say. Went on with my errands this morning and could not understand the number of people with nice clothes on, jobs, meaning in their lives that had such dry or rude manners. Puts things back in perspective.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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You're right xGrendelx. Went and got a bowl of hot soup and a bunch Heatmax hand warmers this morning and handed them to this poor fellow who'd slept outside (lows in the teens and very windy yesterday). We chatted a bit and I can understand him not wanting to seek shelter when he's been harassed in some of those places in the past. The man does not drink, went to college, did 9 years in the Navy, reads a lot, is incredibly well-spoken. He's been homeless in the city of Norfolk since 1990. I encourage those of you who are hesitant but have good intentions to reach out, sooner than later, not to try and change a person's life, but to make it a little less unbearable even if for one day. Heatmax hand warmers are a buck a pair at the Dollar store (or whatever the name of the place is). For obvious reasons, care should be taken in the approach: I know this person by sight, I see him every day in my neighborhood, would not have approached him otherwise. I went in broad daylight, said hello with a smile, asked if he wanted my help. There, not a very complicated formula. Listened to him and conversed, had to end the conversation, he had a lot to say, or he was trying to be courteous and let me end it first The man has had an incredibly hard life but his eyes and smile were so honest and refreshing, dare I say. Went on with my errands this morning and could not understand the number of people with nice clothes on, jobs, meaning in their lives that had such dry or rude manners. Puts things back in perspective.
Great story! You should be proud of yourself. You and I are on the same page today, actually. I just got back from donating 6 trash bags full of clothes and shoes to a place here in San Francisco. I hope they go to similar use as your handwarmers. I think more cities need more people like you. Instead of seeing a homeless person as disgusting, or an "undesirable", I believe it's more important to offer help in someway other than a few coins from time-to-time. My grandmother always said, "That's someone's child." And your experience today proves that not every homeless person is some whack job or dangerous. Good for you!

Also, your comment about the man's eyes made me think of the photography movement (you may have heard of it) called "$2 Portraits." Many photographers in San Francisco take part in it. Here's a link to one of them if you're interested:

Small Talk on Commercial Street | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/travisjensensf/4016174204/in/faves-xgrendelx/ - broken link)
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:36 PM
 
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I donate blankets to the churches as they take in the Homeless, feed and offer showers to them during the holidays (Wal-Mart has them for 6-10 dollars). Last year I went to Sam's and bought lunch meat, tomatoes, lettuce and rolls. Dropped them off to help them, help the less fortunate.
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Old 12-23-2010, 09:21 PM
 
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Bless you guys.
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