“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.