Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

Did all of my readers have a great Thanksgiving dinner? I sure did! My family and I spent Thanksgiving over our friend’s house and had lots (and lots) of great food and fun with our friends. There were six adults and six kids, a giant turkey and all the fixin’s, four pies and lots of noise. We had a great time and even had the chance to visit a nearby park after dinner.

At the local park the kids and we came across a man and his dog sleeping on the park bench. He stayed there for awhile and watched the kids play and the kids began trying to talk to him. My son asked him why he was sleeping on the bench and he replied that he “had eaten too much Thanksgiving turkey” and was “just taking a nap.” He left shortly thereafter.

This man is the fifth homeless person I’ve come across here in Virginia Beach. I know there are many, many more but I’ve honestly never lived somewhere where I’ve seen people sleeping on park benches and on the shady grass next to the local Burger King. It absolutely breaks my heart. I see two Vets (I’d assume) who are ‘living’ in the local park and hanging out by two fast food places nearby each and every day. They have bicycles and carry around all their belongings in little bike carts. They both have dogs who walk with them without even needing to be told. They are family.

I want to buy them a coffee and a hot meal. Bring them a blanket when it gets cold.

I want to learn more about what’s being done to help take care of the homeless here in Virginia Beach (and around the country). Will you help?


Here are some links to websites of local agencies that help the homeless:

Southeastern Virginia Food Banks
Seton Youth Shelters
Vet’s House Inc.


Ps. This entry is being cross-posted at both Atomic-Mama.com and JustSayOohRah.com because this is a crucially important message.

Comments

  1. I definitely have a heart for the homeless….We have actually worked with food kitchens as a family, and we’d like to do more of that kind of work in the future. I think it’s just a shame that our vets are ending up homeless, of all people. They should be honored, not homeless on the streets. But I’ll get off my soapbox. Thanks for this post. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  2. Oh, I forgot to tell you Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

  3. What a great post! I wanted to bring a homeless person to our house for Thanksgiving. My husband said no! Sometimes, believe it or not, they actually prefer to be outdoors instead of going to a shelter. I hope that this problem will go away soon! I hope that everyone will find love and warmth and have someone special to celebrate the holidays with! Stopping over from SITS this evening.

  4. Over here on the Newport News side of Hampton Roads we’ve been seeing an increasing number of homeless. We also live in an area with a lot of working homeless, folks who have day jobs but can’t afford the ridiculous rent prices and increasing utility costs.

    Being such a heavy military area (and I’m sure you have this too) a lot of apartment complexes take advantage of the military housing allowances by inflating their rent, which causes a chain reaction all around town as others raise their rent to look competitive.

  5. Something we all need to think about all during the year. Have you seen Rock For Hunger that Ted Murphy was raising money for? They have various areas in the US that they help. I recently joined their website to see how I can help. Just an FYI.

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