Friday, December 16th was The Bridge of Compassion Foundation’s third annual Project Winter Warm-up, and I must say that it was a success. This year we did more than just coats. We packaged together socks, under ware, hats, scarves, gloves and a personal sized blanket in a backpack which we distributed with the coats. We had over 100 backpacks and coats and we were able to distribute nearly all of them.
After having some time to think about this years project, I have to say that from an emotional standpoint, it felt heavier. I felt like there were more people in need this year and I attribute that to the closing of the shelter at Pine St. We have a particular bridge that we go to first, because that is where this project and subsequently the non-profit were born. Last year there were about 8 people under that bridge and this year there were over 30 people there. It’s hard to see that kind of change in just a years time and really shows the impact that one shelter can make.
It’s so much more than just handing out coats and backpacks to people in need. We do our best to make contact with them and make a connection of some sort. We have conversations with our fellow humans and we are compassionate towards those who are less fortunate. The image above brought it all home for me. It shows exactly what we do. Larry listens to the man tell his story about how he got to where he is on the street. It’s so much more meaningful to have a connection and a conversation than just handing out coats and backpacks.
Contact, Connection, Compassion, it’s what we all need no matter what our situation is.