Archive for July, 2011

Sandwich Run July 16, 2011

July 16, 2011

This  July has been very warm, and today on our run, it was no exception. Like a typical run, though, we walked along Spadina and Queen Sts without encountering many of the homeless. We were wondering what we were going to do with our sandwich bags, until we reached City Hall, and there we met the many people who were going to settle there for the night. Our group was a moderately large group, and we each found a different group of street-involved people with whom to talk.

I had talked with a woman who was like the mother of the group. She would scrounge up extra food, socks, underwear, or blankets for those who needed it, and ensured that each person got what he/she needed, even if she had to go without her food. These people acted like a family, keeping an eye out for each other –¬†including the little dog they had, who would growl and bark at any stranger who got too close. I had thought that those on the street might care only for themselves (and those are in the minority, I was told), so this was a welcome surprise to see this large (15+ people) family unit.