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.
With Christmas being only two weeks away, the staff at Mountain Media thought it would be great to just truly surprise someone who could use it. We decided to pay a visit to the Saratoga Hospital and randomly pick a patient who hasn’t had a lot of visitors.
When we arrived at the Saratoga Hospital, I informed the front desk staff about our Kindness Campaign and the Act we were trying to accomplish. Followed by some smiles, they both decided someone on the Nursing Home Floor would be best choice here.
They gave us directions to the elevator and instructed us to go to the second floor. Off of the elevator, the friendly nursing home staff greeted us. I caught a couple smiles along the way and people were whispering about how pretty the bouquet was. The excitement was building as the nurses discussed who they thought deserved it.
They decided on a lovely little lady named Vilma. They led us to the dining room where Vilma was eating lunch with her friends. She was so confused at first, but once she realized we were giving her flowers, a couple tears started to shed. I got down on her level and asked how she was. I introduced myself and wanted to let her know that I was thinking about her. I wished her a Happy Holiday and asked her if she would take a picture with me. After a couple tries we finally got her to look at the camera. I left the bouquet with the nurses and headed out. Just before I left the lunchroom I looked back and shot her with one of the biggest smiles and waved goodbye. The smile on her face as she waved back is something I will forever take with me. Mission complete. I knew that we had just made her day.
The best part about this whole experience, is knowing that Vilma will continue to smile every time she sees those flowers. I feel extremely blessed to not only be a part of Mountain Media, but to have had the opportunity to do something as special as this.
To see more pictures from the day, check out Mountain Media’s Facebook Page! Stay tuned for more stories to come. The fun is just getting started!
Thank you to The Posie Peddler for the beautiful holiday bouquet. Your store is adorable and I can’t wait to explore more of it on my free time.