By Cheryl Mahoney
Julie Michelle initially walked past the homeless family standing on the sidewalk one afternoon, a woman and three children.
I think we’ve all been there. I know in San Francisco, at least, where Julie lives and where UniversalGiving is based, the homeless are a sadly familiar sight.
But after walking on a block, Julie turned back around. That’s how she met Kelaya and her three children, including a two-month old baby. Kelaya had fled a domestic violence situation, and was asking for money to keep herself and her children in a motel for that night, because there was no room at the shelters. Julie gave her the $30 she had in her wallet, then went home and wrote a blog post asking for help for Kelaya. You can read that initial post here.
The result? An outpouring of love and support from all over the world. There’s been donations of clothes and toys, and enough money to stay temporarily at a motel. Not only that, the story is turning into a campaign to highlight the inadequacies in the services available for the homeless. Yesterday, the story made it onto ABC News.
All because one woman saw another woman’s pain, and reached out a hand to help. How inspiring.
How far will it all go? I don’t know, but I’ll be watching to see.