DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!
By Max R. Weller
In years past, the festive decorations have gone up at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless long before now, and none of them were of any particular religious theme (as I recall); just the generic, secular type of stuff which can’t possibly offend any reasonable person. Any homeless shelter or day center is damned depressing to begin with — doing away with garlands and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is ridiculous, especially so when these decorations are boxed and (I presume) sitting in the basement at BSH. And where’s the Christmas tree? It was a pagan symbol long before it became associated with Christianity, so what is the problem?
I’m informed that there is no holiday cheer next door at the 1175 Lee Hill Wet House, either, except for that provided in one man’s apartment.
Has the executive director of BSH become discontented with his $90,000+ annual salary, and turned into the Grinch?
I have to wonder whether presents will be given out to the homeless on Christmas Eve at BSH, as has been done before. The gifts are donated, volunteers pass them out, and this serves to bring a bit of good feeling to all involved. (BTW, I don’t participate because I sleep outside).
Just when you think things couldn’t get any more f***ed up, you discover that they can.
But, it’s NOT too late, as Dickens and Hollywood have taught us: A Christmas Carol.
As I wish for passersby at N. Broadway & U.S. 36, I also wish to readers of my humble blog: