Monday, September 20, 2010
Peanut Butter Plan
Last year I was out on my Sunday grocery shopping trip when I went into the store only to realize my reusable shopping bags were left in the car. On my way back out to the car I noticed a homeless guy I caught a glimpse of on my way inside huddled over petting a dog. I decided to go ask if his dog needed food. His dog and cat (who I encountered sleeping in a baby stroller), named This and That needed food. I told the guy to wait and I would buy food for them. I took $15 and bought wet and dry food and got the deli to give me a few empty containers to use as bowls. The guy and his companions were very happy when I brought out the food, I even got a hug.
Since then I try to search out homeless people with companion animals to donate food to, I have asked around seeing if shelters take companion animal food but have not heard back, I need to try and go down there myself and ask, I am just always nervous and forgetful. When I volunteer at the library I search out people who have animals but I have not seen any.
This weekend at Pride I encountered a group that talked about change yet were not doing anything positive for the community. I was pretty pissed and during dinner I discussed how I felt with my boyfriend. After trying to get people involved with the Peanut Butter Plan the last few months and no one offering to help out, my boyfriend and I decided just to go out by ourselves this weekend and do what we can.
We plan on going downtown where I see people camped out armed with a dozen sandwiches and see if it goes over well. We plan on bringing some cat and dog food in case as well. If this goes over well I want to do it weekly if our budget/time allows it. Hopefully we can get more people involved and see some positive changes going on.