Quite a Day
I’m a bit dumbfounded. Really. But, in a good way.
It’s quite cold around the cabin tonight. Like most of the country, it’s been cold all week. Tonight we’re expecting ice which will turn into rain. A miserable experience if you’re someone who lives in a tent. I didn’t say staying in a tent, but living in one. Which is exactly what hundreds of people are doing across this state. Arkansas is mostly rural, and when people think of homelessness, they generally think of big cities and people sleeping on the streets, but there’s also another form that often goes unnoticed in small towns. The homeless person who is sleeping in a thicket of an overgrown lot in the middle of town. Quietly hidden from the street by the brush and trees. Sometimes on public land sometimes on private. They’re there. Sleeping under the stars and at the mercy of the weather. A cool fall evening might be joy to sleep in. Fifteen degrees and sleet is not.
We have a great group in my area, called The Russ Bus that works to help these folks. They are amazing people. They will be making the rounds to the different campsites to make sure their friends are all ok and safe from the weather. So taking the lead from a shelter they built last year, I came up with an idea for a micro-cabin. It’s literally the size of a sheet of plywood. Built in 4X8 panels so it can be carried in sections and assembled on site in places trucks can’t get. Big enough to sleep in, but scaleable and insulated and heated to keep mother nature outside. I won’t go into too many details now. I plan to talk more about the design and share the blueprints later this week.
But, the first one went up today. And tonight, there are two less people in the world sleeping on the ground. We shared that information on Facebook and the Russ Bus folks shared it and since then, I haven’t stopped answering questions and comments and connecting with people who want to help. I told them I have an order for five more micro-cabins. And within two hours I’ve secured the funding and help to build three of them. I did not expect this and words cannot adequately relate my gratitude.
This is mankind at it’s best. And I am humbled to be able to bear witness.
I believe that we all have the power to make the lives of other people better. We just have to do it. I believe it’s better to make plans for something while you’re doing it instead of around a table with notepads and mission statements.
I don’t believe anyone should have to sleep in the cold, no matter who they are and whether we think they deserve it or not. Nor do I believe it matters if I think I’m making a difference or not. We’re all human. We all fall short. We all need the rest of humanity to help us back up.
So I just want to say thank you to everyone who has clicked the “like” button, or messaged me and asked how to help. The simple knowledge that you are there brings me a great deal of peace and energy.
We can do this. We’re going to do this.
In the meantime… live well… laugh often… love always.