The tragic death of Nancy Pitts has sparked attention within the Saratoga community about how to deal with the homeless population during severe weather. Currently, there are no emergency shelters in Saratoga. However, there are food pantries and organizations like Shelters of Saratoga, who offer the homeless affordable living, warm food, clothing, and life counseling. And today, we had the opportunity to contribute to this great cause!
Mountain Media brought bags of blankets, winter clothes and accessories to Shelters of Saratoga. For the past week, we’ve asked friends and family to donate to our cause. I even promoted it at my spin class and two of my regulars contributed bags of stuff, which made me the happiest girl on earth.
Visiting Shelters of Saratoga was eye-opening experience for us. There are tons of homeless people out there, many of which do not wish to be helped. For this reason, Shelters of Saratoga focuses on helping individuals who not only want the help, but are willing to transform their habits and way of thinking for the better. And I have to say that I completely agree with this philosophy.
At the end of the day, I came to the conclusion that everyone can use a helping hand at one point or another. Therefore, I’m glad we could help. While it doesn’t bring Nancy back or resolve the homeless population in Saratoga Springs, it does make a difference. If we only keep one person warm this winter, I feel as though we accomplished something.
For more information on Shelters of Saratoga, please visit their Facebook page.