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Permalink Comments 0 November 16, Season 5: Some of you are familiar with One Night, One Person, the program to help homeless outdoor sleepers on the 30 or so coldest nights a year when hypothermia thresholds are exceeded in certain American and European cities.
This is year 5 of One Night, One Person. Cleveland lawyer Peter Friedman and I started it in the winter of In short, it's a keep-people-alive initiative for the coldest nights. At times, it's not even a choice. Jack London and Hans Christian Andersen wrote enduring stories about death from hypothermia.
Happens above freezing temps, too. So consider more than ever and right now One Night, One Person. You're a Yuppie, professional or other generic dweeb between the ages of 22 and You may live in the suburbs or in a downtown neighborhood of these cities.
But if you work during the day in a downtown area of any of them, you and yours will go forth and do this: Pick out and ask a homeless woman or man what articles of warm clothing she or he needs that you already have at home or in storage--thermal gloves, wool scarfs, warm hats and beanies, big sweaters, winter coats, thermal underwear, socks, etc.
Ask just one person at a time. Agree on a time to meet preferably at the same place later that day or the next day. Find the winter stuff you have at home or in storage. Bring said stuff to the homeless woman or man as agreed. Nine out of ten times, your new friend will be there when you show up.
By the way, the most appreciated and popular items are: Items that many of seem to have in extra supply. Wait for forecasts of the next super-cold night--and repeat.
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