Hello everybody!! I am a local artist. I’ve traveled around a little bit in my 23 years on Earth. Living in Colorado, I saw the massive concentration of homeless communities. Moving there and being on my own @ 18 and having no family within 1000 miles, let’s just say I got to know several local homeless people. (I’d love to find another term other than “homeless people”) Although there were a few of them that I could tell why they were in that position in life.... the majority were some of the sweetest and kindness people I’ve met in my journeys. 1 in particular I got to know. Stanley (made up name to protect identity of loved ones) Stanley and I would sit on the corner of Austin Bluffs and Academy after my shift at Jack n the Box. He would share his greatest adventures and explore his memories with me, and I shared my most daring dreams for the future with him. Becoming one of the people I looked up to, I would invite him into my apartment on the coldest nights of the year. In return he would use what little he had to make dinner for me and my roommate. (Best vegan burger I’ve ever tasted. Made out of a large mushroom instead of beef.) We had some really awesome nights and we got through the winter and he found himself a woman a few blocks over. She let him shower there and stay over a couple nights. Soon after winter had ended, I unfortunately... lost my apartment and was evicted. With not much hope left, I moved back home to Ga and stayed with my father for awhile. It wasn’t untill the next winter had I even thought about Stanley. It was a particularly chilly night for middle Ga. I was looking something up on Google and happened to see a News Clip of the area my old apartment was in. Curious, I clicked on it and started reading. This article stated that all 222 beds in salvation army’s shelter had been filled and Stanley had bundled up in his collection of blankets and jackets on the bus bench. Over the night, while he tried to catch at least a little bit of sleep, he froze to death... On the same bench he and I sat on, sharing, and laughing. I recall a time when he came walking into Jack n the Box and was as happy as I had seen him. He had his usual oversized dirty jacket and same ole black work pants, BUT he had on this really nice pair of sneakers. “Stanley, go give those shoes back to that poor boy” I said. “If any kid needs these puppies, I’ll gladly give them up.” “ but I was givin these shoes by a friend!” The friend was with “The Denver Shoe Project” and they find donations and spend profits to buy durable and comfortable sneakers to the homeless community in Denver and surrounding areas. Well, after this devastating year we all have had in 2020, I have finally decided to start a GoFundMe to get enough shoes to be able to hand out in the Metro Atlanta area. I know 10k sounds like a lot, but it’s honestly just the beginning. I would one day like to be able to spend 100k a year on our homeless communities. Most of these people are Veterans that have been used and spit out by the United States Military. Please, let’s come together and make a difference.
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