Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, and even on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we are reminded of the needs of those who are homeless or among the working poor. During these times, we regularly see opportunities to volunteer, feed others, and donate to lend support to the food banks, shelters, and other venues to provide a measure of uplift and encouragement to those in need.
But what about the rest of the year? And what of the winter, when temperatures may dip below the norm and create some unforeseen issues, including the loss of limb of loss of life?
Saturday, January 12th, is a way to help address this issue.
The Atlanta Masonic District (No. 3 West) is holding a coat and blanket drive from 10am-2pm. Members of the immediate and surrounding community are invited to come to the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Hall of Georgia (330 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta) to others in providing new, slightly used, and clean coats, blankets, and other related items in support of their collective drive with the United Way.
"We are all aware of the homeless population that we have in the metro-Atlanta area. Many of the homeless sleep outside, and for that reason, we are going to try to make their stay outside a bit more comfortable", notes Sister Cherry Mays (the District Worthy Matron of the Atlanta Masonic District [No. 3 West]).
For more details how to get involved, readers are encouraged to contact Bridgette Grant via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (404-372-5639).
With a goal of 600 blankets and another 600 coats, the Atlanta Masonic District's (No. 3 West) efforts are focused on making a positive step in helping address some of the immediate needs of the homeless community. Combined with support from those in the immediate and surrounding community, not only can they achieve their goal, but they can help make a difference in the lives of the homeless and as a by-product, draw more attention and sustained effort in supporting them and other agencies which are committed to addressing this issue.
Next Saturday is an opportunity for all to make a difference. Extend a helping hand beyond the holidays.