This week we met Eric, a well-spoken, deep thinking 49 year old guy, who had a lot on his mind, and a lot to say. After speaking to Eric for some time a family of 6 people from Atlanta came up to us looking for some food. There was a mother, father, two kids under the age of 4 and a teenage daughter and son. They had no money, and no food, and unfortunately we had run out of food packages to give them.
That's when Eric stepped up. He handed out the food in the package we just gave him to the parents and the water bottles to the kids. "That's called Paying It Forward," Eric told us.
Last night was the first cold night in Detroit in many months. We were happy to be able to give out a few sleeping bags we had collected and some heavy sweaters and hooded sweat shirts. Being homeless during the hot summer months is a real challenge, as we learned when we were just getting started this summer. Cold weather, and winter is going to be a whole different thing, and we are going to have to start a collection of winter wear to give out with our weekly package deliveries.