About a month ago, we held out annual "A Night of Hope for the Homeless" event. With this event, we have 12 leaders in business and the community come together to experience a fraction of what a typical night for a homeless individual is.
They experience check-in, with their belongings rifled through and checked. They sit through a powerful and emotional program that puts homelessness into perspective, and then they spend the evening sleeping in refrigerator boxes in the BDHH parking lot.
It's a humbling experience.
However, the humbling experience for me came the other morning when I woke up to it being 18 degrees outside. For the past 5 years, I've lived in Dallas, TX. It's 75 on Christmas in Dallas most years. After 5 years in that environment, your body adapts. The rude morning awakening of 18 degrees and how absolutely cold I felt to my core was my perspective. It was just the beginning of November, and this weather would keep up for months.
I was suddenly very thankful for my bed, my covers, my home, and especially my heater. I ran to my car, ran into work, and turned on my space heater. But on the way in, I passed by women, men, and children that were trying desperately to stay warm through this first frigid day. They were carrying bags of their belongings, hiding their heads into their jackets to block the wind. I spent 5 minutes outside, they spend hours... sometimes they spend the night.
It motivated my day. It motivated me to do everything I can for these people that don't have the luxuries I do... to make sure that these doors stay open, and they continue to have a place that's warm to come and sleep, to shower, to eat a meal. How cold I felt in 5 minutes motivated an entire day of working for every man, woman, and child in that line.
Will you be joining with us this winter to make a difference? I hope so!