Wellllll, it's work-boots really. I'll bet you have an old pair in your garage and you would feel really awesome if you gave them to somebody in need.
Let me explain-I wrote a post back in Sept about a homeless man named Steve that often stands at the corner of 100th and 116th (near Columbia Athletic Club). A few people have mentioned that it helped them take notice or give a wave and a smile, maybe a buck for coffee. And it sounds like many of you have reached out also. My kids still get excited every time they see Steve, and willingly surrender their unopened food/drinks out the window if we happen to catch the red light.
It gave me warm fuzzies to get this update from a reader. A sort of full circle scenario:blogger->reader->subject->reader->blogger. Cause, believe it or not, I don't do this gig for the whopping paycheck or employee benefits. It's because of the all of the awesome people in this city and our common interests as a community- all inter-connected. Check your garage, please. You guys rock. (poor Steve might get 17 pairs of boots now)...
Here is the recent note from a reader (thank you, Ginny, for sharing):
I'm on the #255 bus heading downtown & saw Steve. Ever since your column, I've stopped occasionally. I greeted him = I'm the lady who waves hello from across the street on my walk. Your name/ column came up. Steve always wanted to tell you how much he appreciated your kind words - and the day you & the girls stopped by to chat.
So, here he is:
"Thank you! Apparently you have some wonderful followers on your weblog who have stopped. I really appreciate it. God Bless You.
I'm no longer homeless. I live in an apartment downtown Seattle. I'm keeping it real and trying to make it happen. There are some really good people out there and I just want to thank them.
PS Anybody out there with a size 10 1/2 work boot? I'm usually @ 116th corner 11:30am -1:30 pm several days a week.