Here in Springfield, MA, the bitterest cold is yet to come. Forecasters predict that ten of the next fourteen days will have temperatures 15 degrees or lower.
This is no good for anybody, but for people who don't have a home of their own and must spend a significant portion of each day out of doors, the weather is painful at best and life-threatening at worst.
The Economic Justice Committee of my organization, Arise for Social Justice, has been collecting info to make sure that no homeless people are barred from shelter in this weather. So far, it looks like the shelters and the city have a system in place, although of course we'll be keeping an eye on the situation.
As usual, Arise has little money, but my sister Liz and I decided this morning we're going to ask the rest of the committee if we can spend $100 to buy gloves to hand out at the local shelters.
$100 won't go very far, however. Is anyone willing to contribute gloves or a little money to help us make this happen?
The Arise phone number is 734-4948; our address is 467 State St., Springfield, MA 01105.
Photo from Through My Third Eye.