I can't help but count my blessings on such a day. A shady booth space. A pretty turquoise canopy that sets off our dark chocolate banner. Friends in the strawberry booth who sell us change throughout the day. Ice. Water. Ice water. Strong young people willing to work hard to do some good in the world. A reliable car. Air conditioning. Sleeveless cotton dresses. An almond milk iced latte. Life is so good.
I'll wander back down there soon and take fresh ice packs to the boys. Then I'll wander over to the community center and check in with the Tualatin Valley Gleaners team. I'm worried about Heather and her family. I believe they're still living in their cars -- a family of five adults with two service dogs. They do so much to help neighbors help themselves by organizing gleaning projects and providing free food for anybody and everybody who volunteers. How many thousands of dollars worth of food have they given away over the years? It just doesn't make any sense that they could end up homeless. Our world has turned upside down.
Homeless people don't have ice. Air conditioning. Cool showers. Fresh coffee. Crisp clean clothes. This is a family that is fighting to keep offering a valued service to the community, especially in this busy growing season, while going without so many of the resources most of us take for granted every day. We hope to raise a little extra money this month to help them out. If you're interested in chipping in, please include the word "gleaners" with your donation. Thank you so much for your support. Without you, my family and friends, we could easily be homeless too.