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How “Homelessness” Effects the Young (& How You Can Help in Canada)

Me in the 80s

Me in the 80s

As a child (in America) I was introduced to the concept of Homelessness and it hit me hard. The idea of NOT having a home was a shock that still scares me. I can’t conceive of not having a warm bed to crawl into at night, a hot meal to eat whenever my tummy makes noise, the constant feeling of being safe at Home. (I’m not bragging, just stating a truth.)

Thinking about the millions of people that don’t have those luxuries made me physically ill, so much so that it became my personal mission to give whatever I could afford to give whenever I came across a person in need, whether I knew them or not. Sadly, I’ve been yelled at for giving money to a blind man, been scolded like a child in public for handing over the remains of my lunch to a shoeless woman and child, asked if I was crazy for letting a stranger sleep on my couch for 3 months instead of letting him sleep on a park bench in the rain (me and the stranger are good friends now), and impatiently waited on while I walked 1/2 a block back and gave the contents of my wallet (and a hug) to a traveling musician trying to get to his father’s funeral.

I never felt bad for giving what I could. –I felt very different from the people I was around who chose to not help, but I never felt bad for my actions in helping another human being when they were down. I never expect anything back. The honest “Thanks” is all I need to know and you can see it in their eyes, even without the words expressed. It is enough to know I’ve helped.

Taylor & friend

Taylor & friend

According to “I’m Glad the Sky is Blue‘s” Facebook page

“At the tender age of five, Canadian Hannah Taylor saw her first homeless person. This man was eating out of the trashcan…a sight that touched her deeply. After months of asking questions to her family, her mother suggested she do something about the issue. Hannah asked her first grade teacher to speak to the class about what she had learned. The class organized an art and bake sale as well as a clothing drive and all proceeds were given to a nearby mission. This was the beginning of a journey. At the age of six she started the Ladybug Foundation that placed ‘ladybug’ jars in stores, schools, and businesses to collect spare change during Make Change month. Now a teenager, Hannah still helps with fundraising and publicly speaks about the plight of the homeless. To date she has raised over $ 1 million in funds through her own art auctions and luncheons with business leaders. Hannah feels that the homeless are her heroes as they have to work so hard just to survive…that is the spirit of a real hero.”

If you’d like to help, please visit Hannah’s site HERE.

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