A Change in Plans

I’d like to thank everyone for their support while I was camping out this week. I received a lot of encouraging honks and kind words from people who stopped briefly to say hi. I even got a few coffees. Thank you, everyone!

But there has been a family emergency, and I will have to travel out of province later this month. I cannot take the chance of getting sick before I see my granddaughter, who is going into the hospital.

So I’m ending my campout early. For the next two weeks, before I leave Edmonton, look for me at select intersections at rush hour, waving my protest sign: NO MORE HOMELESS KIDS!

That’s what this month is all about. Every homeless person represents a failure of the system that is supposed to protect us, but that’s especially true for kids.

I’ll be back in December with more demonstrations to raise awareness of our homeless problem, and more programs to help.

Meanwhile, you can help on your own. The next time you’re out shopping, pick up an extra pair of warm gloves, or a scarf or toque, and give them to the next person you see asking for money on a street corner. If you’re buying a new winter coat, give your old one to someone who needs to stay warm.