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Thankful Thoughts - January 6, 2017


I am thankful for my warm little house on cold days like this, and for not having to leave it today.  It is down in the teens here tonight, which we aren't used to.  My heart goes out to those with inadequate clothing and shelter this time of the year.  Please clean out your closets and donate warm clothes, coats, hats, gloves and blankets for some folks that could really use them!

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  1. We are thankful for our space heaters and heating pads. There are homeless people here, and there is a shelter for them. Some of them refuse to go in except on nights like this.

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    1. We have a little floor heater for evenings that are extra chilly and I sleep under a heavy quilt, it helps keep the furnace from running so much. We have a fairly large population of homeless people here because the weather is usually bearable. We do have a few shelters, but of course they have to have rules to function safely, and that precludes many of the street folks from wanting to or being permitted to stay there. No easy answers for sure.

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  2. It is very sad seeing the homeless folks out there, especially in the cold or rainy weather. There is a guy here in town that I've been told is homeless and I've seen him wandering around town all hours of the night. He goes to the plays at the college, at least he did when the girls were going there. I've thought of making him a quilt or microfiber blanket (they are great for getting warm!), but I wouldn't know how to approach him. I don't want to wound pride or embarrass anybody. I've thought about making them and leaving them on the seat in the gazebo on the square, but then maybe someone else might take it. If they needed it, then that's okay, but I know he does.

    Thanks for such a thoughtful and thought-provoking post. Have a blessed weekend, Josie.

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    1. I'm thinking he just might be so grateful for that warm blanket, tell him you are handing out some New Year's gifts and to pass it on if he doesn't need it. That way he doesn't feel labelled. I've seen Facebook stories of people who knit warm scarves and tie them to trees and fences with notes that they are for anyone who needs one. I think that's lovely! I also wonder if there are nasty folks who collect them to try to sell or barter to fund their habits. But if they do, that's on them, giving is an act of grace.

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  3. Like you I am ever thankful I have a warm cozy home. It has been in the teens the last few nights. But it will up near 70 by Friday. Weird weather patterns of late!

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    1. That's what has been happening here too, Patricia. The past three nights were really cold, and days were chilly too, but it warmed up a bit today and we are to be back in the 70's for the coming week. I am grateful for winter that comes and goes and doesn't stay for months on end, but even one cold night reminds me of those who are suffering because of it.

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  4. Every year our town has a Snowsuit drive because it would surprise you how many families in even Canada cannot afford to outfit their children in adequate winter clothing. So that's where my children's old winter clothes go every year.

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    1. That's a wonderful thing to do each year! I know how many children lack necessary warm clothes in this country as well.

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