I write this article for a street person name Dale, who I now believe was a muse in disguise. He showed up recently at the bottom of my off ramp and in the 8 years I have been taking this off ramp for home, I have never seen a street person here. He was tall and lanky with one foot bandaged, but I felt he was more than he seemed (you know that knowingness, that intuition that guides us). I gave him a couple of dollars, he smiled and said thank you. I drove on, but something nagged at the back of my mind.
The next day, I gave him a couple more dollars and I asked him his name. Dale he said and asked me for mine. We I got home the article below poured from me. I wanted to thank Dale for his inspiration, but he wasn’t there the next day or the next. On the 3rd day as I was approaching my off ramp, it dawned on me that Dale’s purpose was to be the muse for this article. I haven’t seen him again. So without further preamble…
Like the Witches of old, we have a duty to help our communities, especially during the cold harsh winter months. Where I live, there are 4,000 street people in a population of 65,695. This has become a growing concern in our country. With continuous budget cuts we do not have enough shelters or programs to help these people. Of course, to be honest, not all of them want to be helped. So, it comes down to us, the witches, doing what we can where we can for our communities.
I’m sure some of you give to the Food Banks, donate a toy for Toys for Tots or volunteer at a soup kitchen. These are all great causes, but I’m talking about something a little different, a little more personal and any of these would make great coven projects.
The Thrift Store:
Go to your local thrift store and pick up a blanket, a scarf & hat (you could knit/crochet one from left over yarns), a coat, or some warm socks. Better yet, go through your closet, see what you already have. Take the item home and make sure it is physically clean. Next, take the item to your altar and cleans by smudging or some other such act. Light some candles and incense and visualize what this piece of clothing would mean to someone in need. You might weave spells of protection, good health or positive energies into the item or stitch a symbol into the hem. Give it a final blessing of Hope. Now, put it in your car, so that when intuition tells you, you can offer it to someone on the street in need.
Street people need food that has a long shelf life and doesn’t need refrigeration. Peanut butter, honey, canned meat (with pop tops or you’ll have to provide a can opener – Dollar Store), crackers, bottled water, granola bars, cookies (for something sweet), a loaf of bread (not a long shelf life, but goes good with some of the longer shelf life items), some plastic utensils. All of these things can be empowered with the magic of the sweetness of life, good health, abundance, protection, use your witchy imagination. You can do a lot – fill up a reusable grocery bag, or a little like a jar of peanut butter, crackers and a plastic knife.
Don’t forget dried kibble for the pets, for some of these people their pets are the only family they have.
The Dollar Store is great for this: razors, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, deodorant, shampoo, first aid kit, and whatever else you think a person might need to be reminded that they are still a person and that someone, even if a strange, even for a moment, cares enough to think of them. The items can be placed in a zipper bag and kept in the car until needed. Again, everything should be done with magical intent.
You can give a little or give a lot depending on your comfort. If you are unable to help with food or clothing, light a candle and project healing and protection for these people that they may make it through the winter safely.
One act of kindness can return many times over.
Blessings of a Healthy and Safe Winter to All