Aggressively Fighting Hunger And Homelessness Here In The United States!
Hey everyone, I’m Josh. You may remember me from Friday Finance with Josh several months ago; however, my focus is quite a bit different these days. Throughout the past several years, the American community has been great to me. At 28 years old, I’m able to work from home, enjoy the simple things in life, and not worry about finances. So, my fiancé and I decided that it’s time to start focusing on giving back to the community that has supported us along the way.
It All Started With A Turkey
A few days before Thanksgiving, 2014, Ana went out and got a massive turkey. We were expecting 8 to 10 friends to show up but, the actual number of people that came was…wait for it…ZERO! Now Ana and I had more than 20 pounds of turkey, and there was no way we were going to eat it all. So, we decided to make a bunch of sandwiches (17 to be exact) out of the turkey we had left over and bring it to the homeless for a nice Thanksgiving Dinner. That was the start of what we now call Under The Bridge. Since then, we’ve handed out quite a few more meals and got tons of people involved in the movement.
So, What Is Under The Bridge?
Under The Bridge is an ever-evolving movement. When we first started, we were just looking for ways to give homeless people a reason to look up, rather than looking down on them. Today, just over a month later, we’ve got big moves in our sights. We want to turn this into a national movement that becomes a cure rather than a band aid. Here’s what we’re doing so far to get that movement started…
Feeding Members Of The Communities Under The Bridge – Over the last few outings, we’ve really dialed down the cost of helping others. These days, we’re able to make a meal that includes every food group as well as a desert for about $2.30 per plate. As much as we can afford to, we make 50 or 60 plates and bring them to the communities under the bridges and hand them out. We’d like to make this a weekly or even daily thing; your support would really help!
Providing Warmth – Winter is the most dangerous time of year for the homeless. Currently, we’re coming up with a plan for what we call Necessity Bags. So far, we’ve decided to include hand warmers, thermal blankets, socks, deodorant, a tooth brush, and tooth paste. While we haven’t handed these out yet, we do plan to do so on our next adventure under the bridge. If you can think of anything else that should be included in the Necessity Bags, please email us at UnderTheBridge@ControlYourCity.com.
Finding Resources – Another thing that we would like to do the next time we go under the bridge is hand out printed resources. Some of the biggest issues plaguing the homeless include drug/alcohol abuse and mental health problems. So, we’re on the hunt for companies that provide assistance to people with these problems from the homeless community. We’re also on the hunt for shelters dedicated to abused women and children, employers willing to give the homeless a chance, and any other resource that would prove to be beneficial for those we meet under the bridge.
Supporting Those Who Want To Join The Movement – We are currently putting together a mailing list of people around the United States that are willing to prepare and hand out meals to the homeless community. Once the movement builds momentum and donations start rolling in at a faster pace, we will be sending uncooked food to these volunteers so that they can support the homeless communities around them. If you’d like to volunteer to prepare meals and distribute them to homeless communities in your area, please send an email to UnderTheBridge@ControlYourCity.com to let us know!
How You Can Help – Join The Movement Now!
There are several ways that you can help us turn Under The Bridge into a national movement. Choose one or more of the following to start making a difference now!
- Support The Homeless In Your Area – One of the best ways to get this movement rolling is to bring it to the streets. Handing out anything from meals to socks, sweaters, blankets, even tarps will show the homeless community in your area that someone cares.
- Make A Donation – As mentioned above, we would like to be able to take trips under the bridge more often, to provide much more than food, and to support others that want to help their own local communities. Unfortunately, this simply can’t be done without funding. All donations are greatly appreciated!
- Sign Up To Distribute Meals – While we have a few people around the United States on the list, we want to support homeless communities everywhere. If you’d like to prepare and distribute meals to the homeless, email us today to let us know!
- Tell Your Friends – We can’t start a movement without word of mouth! Tweet this post, share it on Facebook, or email it to a friend! Let’s get the word out!
Thanks for reading, everyone; I hope to see you join the Under The Bridge movement!