Don’t get me wrong. I think this month’s #12for12k’s pick of helping the homeless is a wonderful idea. Go to the blog about it here. And the emphasis on being hands on and getting involved locally is great. Don’t let me discourage you from participating. But doing a little research I’ve found there’s a problem with people helping the homeless right now. Just before Thanksgiving and Christmas, they get more food, volunteers, and attention then they can deal with. Many shelters have to turn volunteers away. TV Sitcoms and Lifetime Christmas movies have episodes about the homeless.
But then comes January and February, colder and more deadly. And the attention, help, volunteers and donations drop off precipitously. So don’t forget them after Christmas, I’m going to do my homeless volunteering and work, but over the next couple of months. Remember that the homeless need help all the time.