On Wednesday, I wrote "He Said "I'm Sorry"". In that diary, I wrote about giving a homeless man my gloves. And as a result of that experience, I concluded that when possible, I would begin to hand out winter clothing to the homeless people that I encounter.
As I mentioned in my previous diary, I am a frequent thrift store shopper. And my favorite local thrift store offers a 25% "VIP" discount card for use on Fridays. So today, I visited the store and picked up the following:
2 pairs of insulated leather work gloves
2 pairs of thick wool knit mittens
2 wool knit hats
3 fleece balaclava hats (full face ski mask type hats, which also cover the neck)
3 pairs of thick wool socks
And the grand total for all of these items? Less than 30 bucks. Now, as I continue to visit the thrift store I know that for a reasonable price, I'll be able to restock my supply throughout the winter.
In addition to posting that story here, I also linked to the diary on my Facebook page. And there, I received a lot of attention from friends and family as the link was re-posted several times. I enjoyed their humbling words of praise. But mostly, I enjoyed thinking that perhaps, some of them would also soon be filling a box with winter clothing, looking out for someone who might need a helping hand.