An Easy Way to Contribute to the World

“All that is required for evil to triumph is for good [people] to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

There are so many ways for every human to contribute to making the world a better place; most of those ways require very little effort.  This is one of those low effort ways.

We are expecting fiercely cold temperatures in the next few days – a low of nine degrees is forecast for Friday.  This weather constitutes a serious threat to the area’s homeless population.  I’m not asking anyone to give out blankets, donate coats, or volunteer at soup kitchens – though all of those would be great things to do.  What I ask each of you who stop by this slice of the interweb is to put the following number in your mobile phone: 800.535.7252.

That is the number for the DC Hypothermia Hotline.  If you see a homeless person attempting to brave the elements as you travel through DC at night, please call that number.  It is a free call and will connect you to a team of people who will go to the location you identify and try to coax people to come inside for the night.

These temperatures can kill; and you can save a life with a phone call.  Please join me in this effort.


4 Responses to An Easy Way to Contribute to the World

  1. lacochran says:

    Great suggestion. I’ve added it to my cell contacts.

  2. Vittoria says:

    thank you for this.

  3. ella says:

    sometimes doing nothing is worse than doing the wrong thing. i’ll stop complaining about our temps in the 20s & 30s.

  4. f.B says:

    Brilliant. If you don’t mind, I’d love to add this here:

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