As we ride to work, go to the grocery store, pick up our kids from school, whatever the reason for leaving home, in the vast majority of U.S. cities, it’s likely that we will see a homeless person somewhere begging on the street. Unfortunately, the homeless people we see are a very small fraction of those with no place to call “home.” Many of the homeless are children!
The National Center on Family Homelessness (www.familyhomelessness.org) reported on their site in 2014:
“Every year, hundreds of thousands of American families become homeless, including more than 1.6 million children. Though we see a few while driving by, these families are often hidden from our view. They move frequently, and many are doubled-up in overcrowded apartments with relatives or friends. Others sleep in cars and campgrounds or parents send their children to stay with relatives to avoid shelter life. Once in a shelter, despite the efforts of dedicated staff, life can be noisy, chaotic, and lack privacy. Homelessness increases the likelihood that families will be separated or dissolve.”
To aid this specific category of children and families, we’ve placed prepaid Visa gift cards on our registry for our team to use in order to purchase precooked foods, pop-open cans and box foods for easy opening, and other special items for the homeless.
The Visa gift cards will not be given to the families in need. We will use the cards to buy the necessities for the homeless families.