Project “Do Something” Boston is just what is says, doing something. If you’re tired of seeing the homeless in our community suffering, this grass roots effort was created to provide some aid and comfort. Project “Do Something” is not affiliated with any organization nor any other initiative. It is just a group of concerned citizens banding together with a common cause to help those less fortunate.
No one imagines life being homeless. No human on earth should suffer in this way, particularly during the cold winter season. This is where Project “Do Something” steps in. Firmly aware of the afflictions leading to chronic homelessness (addiction, mental illness, etc.), Project “Do Something” brings compassion and aid to those often overlooked. They go to the streets not just to hand out donations, but to give people tools to survive both physically and emotionally. Instead of handing out money, they hand out gloves, blankets, and protein snacks. Instead of volunteering at a shelter, they ask questions about why some choose to stay in the cold. Instead of focusing on the quantity of donations given, they listen to those often overlooked by most of society. They may not find the solution to chronic homelessness, but they will understand its causes. They may not convince the addict to quit, but they hope to inspire the addict not to quit on himself.
I was first introduced to Project “Do Something” through a parent at my daughter’s school. Every month she requests donations of food and beverages. And every month we give our donations and she with the help of some volunteers go to the meeting spot and help distribute everything to roughly around 75 people. This month I signed up for water donations. Last night I ran out to BJ’s to grab a couple of large cases of water. My 11 year old daughter asked what it was for so I proceeded to explain and heard myself saying that it’s not much. Not much I thought? But you know what, it’s something. It may seem like not much to me, but it’s something for someone else. And that is what I feel Project “Do Something” is all about. It’s a whole community of people that are doing their version of “not much”, which turns into a big something.
If you’re interested in truly helping the homeless people then check out the ways you can help.
- Project “Do Something” has signups for food distribution events for every Tuesday. Check out the Sign Up here.
- They also have a Wishlist of items that are needed year round if you want to do a non-food donation:
- $5 – $10 Gift Cards to Dunkin Donuts and McDonald’s
- New Socks and Men’s Underwear
- Sleeping Bags
- Gently worn Sneakers
- Consider wholesale sites such as northpines.org and rgriley.com
- They even have a Project Do Something Amazon Wishlist where you can just buy the items on the list and they are delivered right to them.
- And last but certainly not least, you can always just donate money via Venmo (@ProjectDoSomething-Boston) or PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org). They will use the money to purchase any necessities or gift cards to be distributed to the homeless.
So let’s help them out and “Do Something”!