I wrote a blog last week that pretained to charity events, well this week is the national event for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness. Food drives are in full swing this week, and more and more people are getting fed this week. Bismark, North Dakota has stepped up to stop national hunger.
A woman by the name of Sarah Millar, a student at Bismark State College, started to give out “Rag Bag’s.” She did this to fulfill four of the basic needs of a human. These four needs are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, she wanted for others to have the things she would want if she had nothing. These bags have been very helpful in the Bismark area, due to the rise in homelessness. People need to start realizing that this is nationwide and having this week of awareness will show just how many people are struggling today.
People during these times start to go to shelters at night, because of the colder weather. This time of year shelters are in need of more help and more supplies, so they are able to support the increasing number of people asking for help. Most shelters are too small to house all of the people in need these days. They try not to turn anyone away, because that would mean more people out in the cold temperatures.
During this week long event University’s and College’s are setting up booths for students and faculty to bring in and donate food, clothing, and other necessary items for one to survive during these times. Even if you only donate a few items, you are still helping someone out. It is not just adults that are homeless, children are homeless as well. If you can’t give any items away, you can always donate the one thing that matters the most, your time. Shelters are always looking for volunteers. So if you have some free time this week, go down to your local shelter and lend a hand. Everyone should be involved during this week, as this year the rise of homelessness is astounding.
Be apart of the fight against National Hunger and Homelessness!
Go to Looking In To Homeless Statistics to find a Homeless Shelter near you.