Jan 7

WE GOTTA FACE-THE YEAR AHEAD.

It’s not going to be easy. Take us. We started off with the new shower downstairs with the solid glass sides. Then temperatures dropped to the -20C plus. The pipes to it froze. Hot and cold. We decided not to fret. We have an old-fashioned tub with a slanted back where you stretch out and relax.

Looking back at ’17, it didn’t turn out as many of us hoped. Take Trump arriving at the White House. Or North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un musing about dropping a nuclear bomb on those who piss him off.

Trusted news organizations are being labeled liars producing fake news; Tim Hortons family of one of the original co-owners, cutting meal-time pay to employees because the provincial government raises labor pay to $14 from $11:40. When those on lower pay scales can’t get by without taking on other jobs as well.

It bothers me seeing images of the homeless lying in sleeping bags on our downtown streets. No sleeping bag I know can keep out the cold below zero degrees. What about -20C? We all feel uncomfortable when, for whatever reason, we can’t shake a chill that begins down our backs.

Think of clothes hanging in our closets or in dresser drawers that never see the light of day. They’ll never fit you; not that you’d want to wear them again anyway. I’m guilty of that. Here’s what Rosanne and I have decided.

Her mantra: “ditch clothes you haven’t worn for a year”. I’d probably go along with not in 10 years. Clothes of mine have been around for much longer than that. She points to four Levi denim  jackets and jeans hanging around in guest room closet.

We boiled it down to this: We give to the homeless, the less fortunate what we really don’t wear anymore. It shouldn’t be difficult to find some local group handling used clothing. And we’ll stay away from those containers outside the malls asking for clothes; then selling them for a profit.

I’d like to bump into Roger Boyd in Hamilton, Ontario, who wanted to do something for the homeless. He began driving around the city streets at night offering them homemade soup.

Now, with help from neighbors and volunteers he’s out three nights supplying food, clothing; even new boots-to-order. At last count, he’s given away 300 new winter coats, apart from sleeping bags.

Author’s comment: Maybe we could start a campaign for others to rid their closets, dressers, of unwanted clothes. What if this idea went viral across the country? I’d be pleased if it only spread around our neighborhood.

Posted on January 7th, 2018 by Clarke