Sequoia’s Winter Survival Backpacks by Stephanie Bolman
We went out tonight and gave out Sequoia’s Winter Survival backpacks. Sequoia and her dad walked for a short time as we looked for places that might be a place to seek shelter from the Freezing Cold. It wasn’t long before Sequoia understood exactly how COLD it was outside.
We gave out our backpacks and handed out packs of hand warmers to others. We shook hands with all and then heard an amazing story from a young native man. He was on his way to the Banquet for a free meal when we found him. He says he had some family here but stays away because his entire family is addicted to meth and he is trying to stay clean. He doesn’t have a reliable place to sleep but works during the day and tries to remain positive and hopeful. He was sooo appreciative and overwhelmed by our gesture.
We offered another man a backpack and gave a run down of the contents and told him we put some Sage in their for him too. He said, “Sage. Right On!”, you would have thought we gave him $100. We drove away and Sequoia started crying, she said it made her so sad to see them in the cold and hear their stories.
We end the night sharing with one another words to describe our feelings about tonight…Grateful and Hope. Grateful for the gifts that have been given to us and grateful for the opportunity and ability to give back.