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Blessing Bags…

Welcome to my blog and today’s post which is part of the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com

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My theme this year is: An Intimate Look at the Homeless and Mental Health Epidemic in America, which is the subtitle of my next book, The Stranger In My Recliner.

Today’s Letter is:

a-z B

 

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My husband is a disabled veteran so we spend some time at the VA Hospital in Philadelphia. At any time of day or night homeless people, young, elderly, children and veterans can be seen walking in the middle of the roads that surround the hospital.

It is honestly frightening for me to catch a red light in that area. I am not trying to be mean or politically incorrect but the facts are some of them suffer from mental illness and are not taking their medication, some are addicted, some are desperate and almost all of them feel complete hopelessness which is heartbreaking.

My husband has no problem giving them money. I prefer handing out blessing bags. Sometimes those bags just hold a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a bottle of water and at other times they hold more.

This is a simple thing we can all do to make another human being, someone who is down about as far as one can go feel a ray of hope if only for a few minutes.

If you frequently travel in an area like this you could keep several bags in your car. If you plan to go into an area for the purpose of delivering bags, bring a friend and be careful.

Item suggestions for Blessing Bags:

  • sandwiches
  • blankets
  • cookies
  • sleeping bags
  • energy bars
  • small pillows
  • snack crackers
  • towels
  • water
  • clothes
  • orange juice
  • laundry detergent
  • plasticware
  • tote bags
  • napkins
  • note pads/pens
  • dry shampoo
  • books
  • wipes
  • dog food/treats (many of them have pets)
  • tooth brushes/paste
  • sweaters/coats
  • hand sanitizer
  • advil/tylenol
  • brushes/combs
  • prepaid phones/cards

Can you think of any other items that would be useful?

Doreen

Quote Believe in HOPE

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A-to-Z Challenge Theme Reveal…

                                      A-to-Z  CHALLENGE THEME REVEAL

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http://www.a-to-z challenge.com

I have to admit I am not ready for the challenge but I am never fully prepared. My post titles have been chosen and I am hoping to get several of them pre-written this week.  I am however beyond excited and cannot wait to discover what all of your themes are!

Once again I will be a minion for the challenge and am so proud to be one of Lisa’s Live Wires!

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My theme this year is An Intimate Look at the Homeless and Mental Health Epidemic in America which happens to be the subtitle of my next book, The Stranger in My Recliner. The book is the true story of, Sophie.  Sophie is the eighty-year-old homeless woman that my husband brought home one night. She lived with us for nearly three –years. The night that she walked through our front door changed me.

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That book will be out later this year.

I decided this year’s posts will be on programs that actually help the homeless and the mentally ill, programs that don’t, when did homelessness become a problem and what or who caused it, famous homeless people, famous people that help the homeless and the mentally ill, what you can do that will help in a real way, excerpts from the book, the drain on emergency rooms and the justice system and a whole alphabet more…

I am looking forward to revisiting all of my old A-to-Z friends and making lots of new ones.

High Fives and Good Luck to all of the participants! Here we go!

Doreen

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The 2014 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge…

 

My favorite thing this week is announcing that it is almost time for the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. If you have a favorite post of the week you would like to share, stop by…

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