Driving through the streets of Brooklyn one evening, I came across an elderly gentlemen sleeping on the grass outside a community hall. I pulled over and asked him if he was ok and he told me he had nowhere to go. He only had a single blanket that was donated to him and the clothes on his back. I asked of there were no shelters in the area I could take him to. He explained that the shelters were filled to capacity, especially during winter. There was a shortage of food, clothing, blankets and even sleeping space. He roamed the streets everyday in hopes of finding an empty house or room he could use for the night. Whenever he failed to find shelter, he slept on grass and wrapped himself up in his blanket.
Many suffer the same fate as this elderly gentlemen and with winter upon us, many fail to survive through it. This gentlemen told me how he had been sick for a while, contracting various illnesses such as bronchitis, flu, tuberculosis and had managed to fight them off. He now has a terrible cough and looks forward to the summer heat.
Hearing this gentlemen's story made me realise how fortunate we are. We have roofs over our heads, a warm bed, warm food and other things we often take for granted. I would like to raise money to help people like Mr Steve who have no shelter to sleep in, by buying them blankets, winter clothing, food, shoes and socks to wear just to see them through.
My ultimate goal is to build a shelter for the homeless, to provide them with a place to stay and some of the comforts of home. For now, I would just like to ensure that as many homeless people as possible survive the winter.
I can not do this alone and that is why we plead with everyone to take part in this project to raise funds and make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.
My campaign which is named Lets Hold Hands has one ultimate driving mission: to improve the lives of the less fortunate.
My goals and milestones:
1. Help the homeless people living on the streets survive the winter
2. Build a homeless shelter
I have decided to divide my ultimate goal into two smaller goals to enable me to tackle each task efficiently. I hope achieve our ultimate goal of building a homeless shelter that will accommodate families by the end of 2017/18.
For now, we would like to raise $5000 to purchase blankets,warm clothes, shoes and non-perishable food items. I need your help to make this a reality and we urge you to take part as your contribution could save a life.