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Website with Homeless Stories and Christmas Wishlists
The public is asked for donations to provide website development needed to expand community connection to individual homeless people staying in shelters in additional cities during Christmas when the most famous homeless person is celebrated.
The homeless are real people with stories that explain their situation. If the public knew their stories, there would be more understanding and compassion. The homeless are someone’s family member. Certainly if your own family member was homeless, you would stop to communicate and show caring and concern.
A typical scenario is Billy, age 23, whose father left the family when Billy was only 8 years old. His mother got sick and went to the hospital never to return. Billy was placed in foster care and was moved from home to home until one day after being beaten again, he decided to run away and live on the street. This Christmas he is sitting in a shelter and feeling pretty sad and alone. This story could be repeated thousands of times.
The website, a not-for-profit company, provides a unique opportunity for anyone to read the stories of individual homeless people staying in a local shelter during Christmas and to deliver or send them a personalized gift or caring message.
When they open their gift on Christmas morning, the response of the homeless is often one of overwhelming emotion to think that anyone would think about them. One homeless woman said it best: “What I find most encouraging is that someone who doesn’t even know me would care enough to think of me.”
To develop and expand the Homeless Partners website, please make your secure donation here:
Dedicated software programmers and designers will participate in a lock down for 72 hours of programming November 22-25. They will create open-source programming that will allow others to add to and upgrade the software.
On behalf of Homeless Partners and the many people who will be encouraged, thank you so much.
Daniel and Jennie Keeran