Going to launch a community project pretty soon. I’ve paid for, and put up, a site for members of the community who are street involved or dealing with poverty and other social issues. It is both an indie news/publishing site and resource directory. I have also hooked it up to a message board to help visitors to the site connect with one another and network. I’ll begin distributing flyers and putting up posters in drop-ins and key spots this weekend. I’m also going to do up some business cards with the site’s info to hand out, attach to hamburgers I hand out.
I think it’ll compliment my own little project of hitting the streets. I will be close to/part of Ottawa’s unseen community, as well as giving them another way to connect with resources and be heard.
“Thereby do exemplary people travel all day without leaving their equipment. Though they have a look of prosperity, their resting place is transcendent… abundant possessions mean much loss… They cling to nothing, and so lose noting… Sages do not accumulate anything but give everything to others, having more the more they give.” ~ Lao Tzu
“…Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor… Then come follow me.” ~ Jesus
I am giving away everything I cannot carry with me on foot/on bike, and leaving my home. Continue reading →
It was a successful night, but I wish I had far more money to put toward this. I found SO MANY more than I thought I would. I need more burgers when I go out. I want to DO more, GIVE more, and be PRESENT more. Continue reading →
I have previously written about taking to the night to feed the homeless. I buy value burgers at McDonald’s, and maybe some cans of pop, and distribute them downtown to anyone I can find who is homeless or in need.
Charity isn’t just a daytime activity. Need is most keenly felt at night. Imagine being cold, alone, hungry, and in the dark. Tonight I brave the night again, bringing food and smiles into the darkest, loneliest spots I can find.
I have registered a domain name for this category- BraveTheNight.com- which will bring readers to this site, showing them all posts in this new category. I hope what I do inspires someone to do the same, in their own way. Charity isn’t always easy or convenient, and those in need aren’t always found in the nice parts of town, smiling and taking in the sun.