South Van Ness & Cesar Chavez
Dear Friends & Family,
I just handed out a sleeping bag, some underwear, socks, T-shirts and sweatshirts to some homeless people in the mission. I asked them what we could get them if they had a wish list. In the order which I was told, here's what I heard;
- Shoes in decent shape
- A little money
- Hot food
- Warm jackets.
It seems that they go through jackets and blankets pretty quickly because of all the bugs (ugh!).
Tonight the two men I donated to where Matt and Chris who calls himself Crisscross. They were part of the camp on South Van Ness near Cesar Chavez.
For the last four years I have conducted my own clothing drive. I take the clothing myself to those in need. I usually open my trunk and let the people come pick what they need. I am starting my coat drive now and it will continue through the end of February.
Since the cold weather has already started, please look in your closets and in your wallets for anything that would help lessen the suffering. It would help if you could deliver the close to my office; Law Office of Nelson Barry, 5228 Diamond Heights Blvd., San Francisco, CA, 94131. If you donate cash, I will distribute it in $5 and $10 increments. If you wish me to use it to buy them hot food instead, I will do that as well. Please mail your checks or cash to my office payable to me.
I also know from past experience that filling in a gallon size Ziploc bag with nice things such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, chocolate, mittens, knit hats and scarves are appreciated. Feel free to use your imagination and throw in additional things like energy bars and little flashlights or anything else that you can think might be handy for someone living on the streets.
If you cannot make it to my office, I will make arrangements to come to you to pick up your donation. Of course, it would be helpful if you could get your friends or neighbors to chip in so that my trip might be a little more productive.
If it starts to rain again, the needs will change and I'll be at the asking for things like waterproof clothing and ponchos.
Thank you all for being loving, generous and compassionate members of our community.