How I Ended Up In Tent City

by David on December 5, 2011

Well, not actually living there, thank goodness, but I’ll tell you that it CAN happen to anyone.

I wanted to share a quick story and also share how you can make a huge difference in someone’s life this week.

We usually try and give to people in need on a fairly regular basis. At the very least we will around the holidays, whether it’s bagging/boxing food at a food bank or helping out at a shelter or even donating money. It ALL helps.

Today, we boxed up a bunch of items that we learned were needed at the local “Tent City”. If you don’t know what that is, let me tell you.

Tent City is made of of every day people, just like you or I, that for whatever reason or series of events ended up on hard times. They lost their home and now must live in what are called “Tent Cities”. These are located throughout various cities. I’m sure you have them where you live too.

This SUCKS. Imagine not having a home in the middle of winter. Living in a camp with 100+ other people. Sharing toilets. Sharing food. Always cold. Wondering what’s going to happen to you and your family.


I took my kid down there because 1. he needs to understand how fortunate he is to have a warm home and food, and 2. I want him to learn that it’s probably not the best thing to whine about us not buying him $300 DR Dre headphones. REALLY? Look kid, you’re 11. You want that stuff, earn it. They make ’em for $49 bucks that are just as good or even better. Guarantee he won’t buy them with his own cash…

Anyway, my wife went to the store and got all sorts of things they said they needed. Coffee, plates, cups, flatware, etc. Simple stuff. Imagine being excited about a stupid cup of coffee or even your own cup. All while we sit in our warm house and watch some idiots on the boob tube so we can tune out the real world. Nothing wrong with that. If you earn it and that’s what you like, go for it. Not judging, just pointing out how there are people living a crappy existence right under our noses.

We can help! You and I can make a difference. We can make another human feel good, and know that someone is a little better off because of us. Even if just for a short while.

Anyway, it felt great to drop that stuff off today. They needed it.

I’d encourage you to take just a little time and find who in your area needs a helping hand. There’s plenty of opportunity to help. Take a couple hours one afternoon and do your part. Make a difference.

Thanks for reading 🙂


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