During any normal given year I would be a volunteer at the Coronado Police Department, the Historical Association and Navy Relief. But this has not been a normal year. So with much time on my hands I contacted Sister Mary Kiely at Father Joe’s Villages and told her I would help. Thus started my quest to reach out and provide what I called Help for the Homeless, Coronado-style.

I contacted my group of Senior Volunteers at the Police Department, then family and local friends. We wanted to send over to Sister some 300 pair of socks (new). Then I asked for any unused blankets or useable bath towels needed for the day showers as the shelter. I spent the month of November collecting donations and by Dec. 10, we had received 450 pairs of good work socks, over 50 bath towels, 20 blankets and 20 unasked for winter jackets and rail slickers. Not bad for a spur of the moment decision. Next year will be better now that I have thought it all through.

So many, many thanks to the 30 people who stepped up with domains for our homeless population. This year the need is even greater than in past years with more and more people out of work or now living on the streets. It was indeed a year to give to the less fortunate rather than receiving.

Thanks again from a grateful volunteer.

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