It is a beautiful sunny day in Fredericton today. Another day to “drop off” the Happy Bags. I must take this opportunity to thank my neighbor Mimi. She is a fabulous person and has joined me in my quest to try and spread a little happiness. I also have to thank my very generous co-worker Shelley who has given me many of the goodies for this weeks Happy Bags. Thank you Shelley – I appreciate your kindness, you made this weeks excursion a success!
Mimi had made up some bags too – so we had plenty to hand out. We headed downtown. First we stopped at the Homeless Shelter, but we were a little uncertain what to do. We did not want to go into the shelter because we did not have enough to share with everyone. We chatted with one fellow and he took 1 bag for himself and one for a friend. We decided to drive downtown. We parked downtown and took our bags and our little white terriers for a walk. In no time at all we met 2 nice young men that were willing to receive our little gift. I won’t mention their names, because I never thought to ask if I could share their stories – and I certainly would not want to intrude on anyones privacy. All of the people we talked to today had fallen on some hard times. But they were all very kind and happy to talk to us. We got rid of all of the Happy Bags very quickly today.
One young man gave us the best suggestion. He asked us if we knew what all of the available resources were for people in need. My friend Mimi does know of some but I really did not. He said it would be helpful to have all of the available resources written down . What a fantastic idea! One little sheet could list where the shelters are, where addiction or counselling services are, what outreach programs are available. I am sure in this fine city there must be many resources. Mimi is going to take on this project and start putting together a pamphlet with any information that could help .
If anyone would like to help us with information that could help the Homeless people in Fredericton, we would really appreciate your input. This idea comes directly from the nice young man we met today – so I would like to thank him for his wonderful idea!
Mimi and I will let you know when her pamphlet is complete. We both look forward to doing the next “Drop” of Happy Bags and chatting with the people out on the streets in Fredericton.