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Homelessness, A Chilly Reality in Sioux Falls
Over 75 volunteers donned heavy winter jackets, snow boots,
mittens and several layers of clothing and braved the -13 degree February
morning to help bring attention to homeless issues in Sioux Falls.
They stood at busy intersections holding cardboard signs to raise
awareness and let morning commuters (in their warm cars) know that
there are individuals and families facing cold mornings every day.
Several homeless individuals participated and one homeless man, who resides in an emergency shelter, gave volunteers pointers on how to stay warm. He instructed them to fold up cardboard and stand on it to keep their feet from getting cold. He also gave an extra stocking cap to a volunteer who had forgotten his own.
Pay it Forward, a local group that raises money and gives it away anonymously sponsored the event called HOME, Homeless Outreach Morning Exercise. Cardboard signs relayed messages to morning commuters about the reality of homelessness in Sioux Falls, and promoted a new web site www.humanlikeyou.com that provides information about homelessness in Sioux Falls and ways people can help.
Most commuters were supportive and volunteers reported many drivers honking and giving them a thumbs-up; several were given money to help the cause. One agency received a donation of winter coats and money as a result of the event. It's hoped that more people will respond to the need by donating their time, goods, and money to help reduce homelessness in Sioux Falls.
If you are homeless, need help, or you would like to volunteer, here are some resources with more information.
Content Archived: April 5, 2011