DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS
By Max R. Weller
Also: Winter gloves and stocking caps, real candy bars like Hershey’s, paperback books, RTD bus passes, and cash. Of course, you should NEVER give money to anyone who is obviously under the influence of any mind-altering substance, nor should you give $$$ to those who are so filthy that you might reasonably suspect they’re alcoholics / drug addicts.
Toiletries are available to the homeless in Boulder, CO at the shelter/services providers, so there is no need to hand those out yourself. Likewise, there is more Free Food here than anyone knows what to do with, but a gift card to McDonald’s or any fast food franchise makes for a welcome treat. PLEASE, NO GRANOLA BARS — many of the homeless (including the Homeless Philosopher) have bad teeth and can’t chew foods which seem to made from sawdust, sand, twigs, etc. Free Clothing and Free Camping Gear are available already, but socks and gloves and stocking caps frequently get lost and you can be sure these will be put to good use.
As I was standing alone outside of Boulder Shelter for the Homeless this morning around 5:30AM, waiting for its opening to us hardy outdoor-types at 6, a wild-eyed guy I’d never seen before came up and asked me if I’d seen all of the cops around, who were “trying to break into my van.” He added, “There’s a SWAT team on the roof [of BSH]; have you seen it?” I told him I hadn’t seen anybody at all since arriving at 5AM. Later, I reported this Froot Loop to staff, concerned that he might be yet another violent character on a bad trip.
A couple of years ago, when the KC Chiefs were playing the weakest schedule in the NFL and started off the season 9-0 before folding, I boldly predicted that the KC Royals would win another World Series before the Chiefs won another Super Bowl (remember Super Bowl IV in 1970?). I have been proven correct, with the 2015 Royals taking the World Series 4-1 over the NY Mets.
A lengthy screed left on my blog as a comment this morning, which I scarcely skimmed through before deleting it permanently. Only in Boulder, CO have I encountered the obsessed “fans” who torture themselves in their useless attempts to censor my speech regarding homelessness. If it wasn’t for the prevalence of mental illness affecting Boulderites from all walks of life, my feelings might be hurt (LOL!). This particular cyberstalker, who has used literally dozens of phony screen names on the Daily Camera website, was likely the driving force behind the DC’s recent decision to change how one must log in to leave comments there. This must be very frustrating for him, but it’s the newspaper’s right to do so. To wit:
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That’s all for now. Get ready for snow on Wednesday night, although we haven’t seen a single snowflake this season.