The holidays are full of stories of people taking time from their day to help others - this one is no different. My Saturday started in Rice Park today to take a couple pictures (Rice Park is even cooler in the winter – no pun intended) and I noticed a group of people surrounding a handful of winter coats on the benches toward the north end of the park. My initial goal of taking some pictures for my blog (albeit low quality cell phone pictures) went by the wayside and I decided to walk over and see what was going on.
I met Matt who explained that he and his partner represented a group that spends their Saturdays at Rice Park from 10am-11:30am handing out cookies and hot chocolate, jackets and other necessities. Their goal was to offer an easy way for people that needed some help staying warm (which is a wonderful thing). I was lucky enough to catch them right before they left at 11:30, and they were in the company of a half dozen people looking for help.
I asked if they took donations at the Rice Park site. Matt said that they hadn’t in the past, but would be willing to take them if people brought things by. (If you do bring anything, please make sure it is in good, usable condition). He mentioned men, women and children’s winter items along with various hygienic products.
This is a wonderful example of a community taking care of others and I can’t applaud them enough.