From Marynet K.

I had been driving around town for weeks with the backpack I had received from my friend Kelly. It was on the floorboard of the passenger side of my car. I had not thought about it since she gave it to me. I always seem to be "busy" rushing from one commitment to the next. 

Then I saw her. I was turning the corner to get onto the entrance ramp to the interstate and there she was. A woman, about my age, standing on the corner at the gas station next to the ramp. She was holding a cardboard sign that I could not read but I knew the message was "help me, please". I could see it in her eyes. At that moment, I remembered the backpack. I turned into the station quickly and circled around the gas pumps until I pulled up beside her. She looked at me and her eyes showed her pain. As we looked at each other, I handed her the backpack and she thanked me. We both said "God bless you" at the same time. There was a true connection between us and we were both blessed by it. I will never forget it. It truly IS more blessed to give than to receive. 

Thank you, Kelly, for making me more aware of the needs of the homeless and the mission of this wonderful organization. These people really do depend on the kindness of strangers. We are fortunate to be able to make their lives just a little better by providing them with the simple necessities which so many of us take for granted every day.