We tend to take the little things for granted. When I wake up every morning, the first thing on my mind isn't how thankful I am for a bed, or a shower, or a warm breakfast, because thankfully, I have been blessed with those necessities my entire life. It isn't the first thing I think about, even though I am thankful for those things. I'm used to those necessities much like many others. Everyone deserves to have a warm bed, shelter, a meal, and a shower. We overlook these everyday needs because we get occupied with other things in our life. However, some people aren't as fortunate. For whatever the reason it may be, thousands of Americans find themselves dealing with homelessness at some point in their life. Truthfully, it could happen to anyone. Homelessness is a real issue that we often overlook in our day to day lives.
This year, God has really been working on my heart to help someone in this situation. This someone is Terry. Every day on my route to class, I see Terry sitting outside of an abandoned burger shack. He sits there when it is one hundred degrees outside, when it is pouring rain, and even when it is below freezing. Lately, I have wanted to do something nice for Terry. My boyfriend and I brought him some chicken pot pie and Thanksgiving dinner. I could tell he was prideful, but he was also very appreciative of this small deed.
Yesterday I came across a post on Facebook that many of my friends had been sharing. The post was about Terry. A kind person has recently bought him a week's stay at a local hotel and purchased a track phone with minutes on it so that he would be able to communicate with others. I was so glad to see that some else had noticed his need and went out of their way to make a difference in this man's life. That's when I decided to help him out for Christmas.
Christmas is all about giving. No one should be without shelter and a warm bed, especially when it is this cold outside. I created a go fund me account to raise money for Terry so that he could get another week in a hotel for Christmas, that for the holidays he could lay his head on a soft pillow and have a warm shower. I am praying, not only for Terry but also for anyone else who may be experiencing homelessness this holiday season. I am not asking for everyone to donate a huge amount, but if you feel it in your heart, please donate any amount so that Terry won't have to spend his Christmas on the street. I am already overwhelmed with the amount of support this has received so far, and I thank everyone who has donated or who has shared his story on social media to help spread the word. Please share this with your friends, family, co-workers, sorority sisters, etc. Let's come together to show Terry the good in this world and bless him with a warm Christmas!
The link to donate is at the top of the page highlighted in purple!