This campaign was last updated January, 2019. We're using it as an ongoing fundraising portal for Gerald Anderson so that he can keep writing and travel back home to New Orleans every few years.
I originally created this campaign to help him raise some money to get home for the first time in five years. Through the generosity of many of his friends, we raised enough money for him to get down there and spend two weeks with his family and friends.
Gerald is a published author and a Street Sense vendor in Washington, D.C. He's well known by commuters and visitors to the city for selling issues of Street Sense in his spot next to the National Portrait Gallery. But it's hard for him to take time off from his business to travel, and writing books takes a long time, which is why I help him keep this campaign going.
His story and the story of how I met him are below. He's working on his second book right now. You can check out his first one on Amazon here:
Gerald Anderson is a native son of New Orleans. He survived Katrina but found himself in DC in the aftermath.
He had very little once he got here, but he eventually found his way to Street Sense. Street Sense is a newspaper written and sold by folks in the DC area who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness. After a while, he started writing his own life story with the help of his friend, Susan Orlins. His stories were published in the paper in a long series of articles.
And that's about when I met him. He would stand outside my regular metro station (Gallery Place) every day greeting all the people who came up the escalators with his characteristic New Orleans growl. I started buying my copies of Street Sense from him, we got to talking, and he told me about his life and the book he had coming out soon.
That was a few years ago, and in the meantime Gerald has kept on selling those papers, day in and day out, rain or shine.
(At a photoshoot for his book)
(Out at the metro station selling papers on Halloween Day.)
If you'd like to read his articles at Street Sense, you can find them here:
And if you're in DC, be sure to pick up a copy of Street Sense from your local vendor.