Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Backpacks for the Homeless project

The month of January 2009 as a homeschool mission project

in conjunction with CentralFoothillsMommies.com,

we collected items to fill up backpacks for the homeless

in Catawba county. Our children and mommies were

able to fill 4 backpacks to the brim with can goods/

water/tarps/socks/gloves/hats/wool blankets/

sweatpants and sweat shirts. I delivered these

backpacks on a cold and wet day to the Catawba

Mental Health partners office. It really gave me

a tiny insight to what it might be like to outside

on such a cold day and carry around a heavy

backpack that might just be the only possessions

a homeless person has to their name. I am

humbled to think that being homeless to any

of us is just a paycheck away at times. On January

28th 2009 the Mental Health Partners along with

other agencies in the county put together 4 different

stations in the county to get an accurate count of just

how many homeless people we have here. They also

offered free health screenings, information and bp

checks for these people in addition to giving them a

backpack for no cost. The estimate was 250 people

that live here in Catawba county that are homeless.

That number is expected to rise due the

unemployment rates and the economy. The kids

learned a valuable lesson about giving back and

what the word "homeless"actually means.


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