Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 59: Gave Away Old Coats


I try not to complain about how cold it gets here in Chicago. Although this journey has inherently caused me to be an overall more positive person, the reason I don't complain has nothing to do with eliminating a negative attitude. No, the reason I don't complain is because if I do, I give my wife ammunition for her argument to move back to California. There hasn't been a 72 hour span since her first Chicago Winter in 2007 that she hasn't mentioned how nice the weather is in California and how great it would be if we moved back. I am sure, at some point, we will again live in California, but I am doing my best to postpone that for as long as possible.

Even though I try not to complain about the cold, I understand how frigid it gets here. There have been a few days in the past week that were downright miserable. I get pretty bundled up with a hat, gloves and a scarf when I go out, but when the Chicago wind hits you in the face, it is hard to not feel a chill. There are too many times when I am walking around the city that I see homeless people, in the dead of winter, with nothing more than a windbreaker (or sometimes no jacket at all). Today, for my random act of kindness, I am going to try to do my small part to change that. I have a few coats and warm vests that have been sitting in my closet for a few years now. I should have definitely donated them in the past, but hadn't for some insane reason. I am going to keep a few coats with me in the car today to give to people I see who are without a warm coat. If at the end of the day, I still have remaining coats, I will deliver them to a local physical therapy clinic, AthletiCo, who are collecting coats for One Warm Coat. You never know, maybe soon I will end up donating all my coats because I won't need them anymore since it is always nice in California.....nahhhhhhhh.

Also, thank you everyone so much for spreading the word about Saprinu/Shining Star Academy. Please continue to spread the word to everyone you know, and if you haven't already, and have the means, please donate $1.

22 comments:

  1. Your Blog, It has just inspired me to do something for others,I have always thought that life has been rough for me, yet i realize doing small things for others can make things better for us. Thank you.

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  2. very natural real nice i love the way you express !

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  3. I once gave my old army surplus parka to a man who picked me up hitchhiking in Iowa coming from California, with no warm clothes. Probably stupid since I had a high fever with a heavy duty flu, but he was so kind and talked such words of wisdom that I thought that he needed it more than I. I'm not sure I would do the same today. was a young college student with little money than so I understood what it was to do without.

    Kind regards,
    Mike

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  4. that's really good. Its like charity maybe you could get a tax exemption for this

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  5. California may slide into the sea so dont go back there :)

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  6. This is a wonderful gesture and can be taken up by anybody anywhere ...
    Thanks for sharing the idea across.
    Warmest regards,
    Ruby

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  8. Wonderful, Thanks for spreading the love around!

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  9. What a great blog! I've just started one with a similar theme, and I will definitely visit here often for inspiration when I'm not sure what my next gift will be. :o)

    Have a wonderful day!

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  10. What a wonderful thing to do. I thought about doing something similar with an old comforter I didn't want anymore, but unfortunately I never did. I wish I had now. What you're doing here is making all of us who read you better people. And don't leave Chicago for California! Chicago is the greatest city in the country. I was born near there and would love to move back someday, cold and all.

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  11. I know those coat-less people were loving you! We all have coats in our closets. Maybe you'll cause a few more coats to go where they are needed.

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  12. What a great thing to do! There are always people who need to keep warm in the winter. Here on the east coast of Canada it is still quite "cool" , but always a need for warmth!!! Kudos to you.

    Love your blog site, drop by sometime to visit!

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  14. Simply enjoy your whole process. Keep it up!
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  15. Extreme cold is unfamiliar to me as I have lived all my life in Las Vegas, but I applaud your efforts to make the world a better place.

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  16. Sometimes I wonder how you have the ability to do all these things everyday when I only find myself doing kind things such as this every month. Then I realize I could if I put more effort into it. Thanks for your biggest act of all, letting everyone know how easy it can be to be kind.

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  17. I've bought coats at garage sales in the summer, then give them away in winter. Mainly kids coats. Sometimes its easier to help people than we think...we just need to think. :)

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  18. You are really awesome you know. I admire what you're doing and I'm inspired now. Your blog is a joy to read! Keep it up. :D

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  19. You really inspire me to do random acts of kindness, even if it's just a hug. I find it a challenge, and a fun journey. Thank you!

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  20. Congrats on making Blog of Note!

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  21. Love the blog one of your newest followers now!! Very inspiring.

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