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Monday, July 13, 2009

Current Needs and updates Under The Bridge

Hi all,
I emailed with Rae (our lady who feeds the folks under the bridge), the other day. Wanted to give you some current information about how people are fairing. There currently are more women under the bridge than previously, usually 4-5 per week. People have a need for batteries for flashlights, in order to see after dark. Socks for men and women are always needed, throughout the year due to wet feet when they can't get in out of the eliminates. They have a need of toilet paper, something that never crossed my mind. Mens pants are currently needed too, in addition to your knitting and crocheting hats, mittens, and scarfs; if you're able to send any of those items I'll pass them along to help these folks.

In early October Rae plans to send letters, and make phone calls to churches for any used blankets they might be able to offer. Shortly after that is when the temps really start to dip.

Sadly, many deal with poison ivy and poison oak in the summer months. They often are looking for a place to sleep after dark and end up in the poison without knowing it. Sadder still, many have spent 30 days in jail for pan handling; though the flip side of that is they do have a roof over their heads, food, and a place to sleep during their jail time.

Such is the plight of these homeless folks leaving under the bridge. Not just in this one location we know about; but across this great country of ours. If mailing items for these folks is a problem and you still want to help, please search out those in need in your local area. We can't rid the country of this problem, but helping in many ways is possible. Please continue to do what you can. It is appreciated by many.

**Next up, pictures of another scarf from Sandie (camera batteries are being charged as we speak). Please check back. I'm currently working on a navy scarf.

6 comments:

  1. I don't think this job will ever be done, Sandy. So many people are in dire situations. Every little bit helps....You guys are wonderful.

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  2. A sad problem, I see this everywhere. Wish I had more time or money to help. You all are making a difference, keep it up

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  3. I will start working on some hats for the ladies under the bridge too. I have seven sets of teen to adult size mittens, one scarf, and two child size hats in my box for you so far. Right now I'm working on some wool hats for soldiers, and then I'll get back to more hats for you. Sounds like there are lots of people going to be needing them!

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  4. what size batteries are needed???? right now is a good time for buying batteries on sale being many Christmas toys use them..

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  5. I assume any size batteries, but will follow up on your questions. In the meantime, let me suggest regular size D.

    Thanks Anonymous, please leave your name or means of contact when you come back to visit.

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  6. Wondering the ratio of women/men under the Bridge today. I'm sure that changes over time. I hope that some of these men and women are able to make it out and move on to better circumstances.

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