stripedbeauty (stripedbeauty) wrote in thequestionclub,

I had posted on facebook that I wanted to volunteer at a local soup kitchen this holiday season (a little late, I know). I had googled kitchens in my area and the one major one in town looks like they're not taking any for now (except for cooks, but I don't cook).

Then one of my friends/co-workers stated that she wanted to help the homeless as well and suggested that we help them together (assumingly on our own), maybe handing out sandwiches and water bottles.

I would like to hear their story as well (if they feel free to share it with us) so that they know they have someone out there that's not judging them for their situation and that there's hope. And maybe if my friend is willing to split the cost of a hotel for a family for a night so that they have a place to shower and spend a warm place to sleep.

Does anybody have any experience doing this? Anyone have any suggestions besides just food (which we plan to do, I believe, if allowed)? I really want to do something, but just don't know where to start. I also don't want to insult anybody by insinuating that they're homeless if they're not or even if they are, assuming that automatically they need help.

Two stipulation is that:
1. I'm broke. We get paid on Wednesday and have little to spare (simple cold sack lunch type items wouldn't be too hard for me to spare for a few people). We MIGHT get a Christmas bonus this year, but that's not guaranteed and I don't know when we would get it if at all.
2. I don't want to get in trouble legally for doing this (possibly health code violations, etc.). I live in Oregon if that matters.
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