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.