Well, tonight my friend and I finally were able to go out and deliver some of the scarves that I crocheted for last year. The temperature was in the mid to lower 50s, so we figured it was tonight or not until some time next week when it warms up again. My friend had already given one out, to a homeless person close to where we live, the other day. Tonight we passed out an additional 11 scarves, for a total of 12 scarves having been passed out for this winter.
For some reason, there were not as many homeless people this year as what there have been in the past few years. When we passed out the scarves in 2015, there were quite a few homeless people outside. After we were finished passing out the 7, that we had at that time, we wished that we had more. There could have very easily been 20 – 36 scarves passed out in 2015, if we had have had that many at the time. That was the reason why I had a goal of 36 scarves for this year.
The reason for this happening this winter could be because there was a renovation of a really good building in the past two years, and when it was complete, The Catholic Action Center moved into the building. The renovation was complete in the middle of the summer in 2017 I believe. From what I have heard, besides the two shelters that we already had, The Hope Center for men, and The Salvation Army for women and children, and families where there is a Mother, a Father, and one or more children, there was The Catholic Action Center for anybody that needed it, and The Lexington Mission for anybody that needed it. The last two were both small to medium sized. Other than that, there were only emergency places that the government would order to open up for the night(s) when the temperatures were dangerously low. With the newly renovated Catholic Action Center being so big, it is able to accommodate the rest of the homeless that can’t make it to the other three regular places before they stop accepting walk-ins. When you add all of these together, the number of homeless, being on the streets at night in the cold, is very low.
After my friend and I go out a time or two more, we are going to contact some churches that help out the homeless, and see if they want to team up with us. If they do, then we will give the scarves to them for them to hand out whenever they are handing out blankets, or wherever there is a need.
I’ll keep you informed as to what happens and when.