It was hard getting out of bed at 5:30 this morning. I was glad I did though; when I pulled up I saw at least 40 of my homeless friends waiting on me. In normal fashion, Dogman was at the front of the line. “You saved my life last week” he said. “I was overcome by hunger about 2 AM and I found a chocolate chip cookie you gave me at the bottom of my bag, that was the best darn cookie I have ever eaten” I really doubt his life was in harm at 2 AM, but that really solidified the reason why I wake up early and go down town Austin to help in the charitable way I do.
This was the last week I will bring MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) for my friends. Unfortunately the Austin Capitol Area Food Bank (CAFB) no longer carries these meals ready to eat and my stash has been depleted. These were always a hit for all of my friends. I will miss hearing them ask for them as well. They were called MRIs, FTGs, MGFs, TGSs, TGIF, LOL, BFF and many other names. Once I asked someone, what does that stand for? They hesitated and said “BDF is Brian’s Dinner Food ready to eats” Everyone got a great laugh on that one.
All the food disappeared this morning. There were quite a few folks who were very sick this morning too. I filled a lot of requests for flu and allergy medicine. I forgot to bring the radios out this morning. That was a bummer for the 2nd guy in line, who waited all morning for a radio. I also forgot the eggs at home in the fridge. I get teased a lot when I forget things too.
When I packed my things back into my truck this morning,getting ready to leave the park, I smiled and waved good bye to my friends. I noticed one hungry gentleman didn’t go more than 20 feet before he found some comfortable grass to sit on as he enjoyed his Turkey and Cheese sandwich. How is it so easy for some to stereotype these folks I wondered? I hope one day I will be able to better educate Austinites on homelessness and have them see what I see. Maybe I could convince them to just help out with a Charity, every little bit really does help and it’s true, one person CAN make a difference.