Let’s live outside ourselves

Volunteers help homeless men stay warm through a frigid night
Volunteers help homeless men stay warm through a frigid night

Where were you Wednesday  night when temperatures plummeted to 24 degrees? Most of us were at home – in  a house with a solid roof, a nice heating system and maybe a roaring fire in the fireplace.

Gabe Pizzillo, the owner of Gabe’s Electronics, was looking out for those who have no home Wednesday night. He was at the Upper Room, handing out socks, blankets and warm clothing to the homeless who faced a frigid night without adequate protection. There are more homeless people than shelter space. There are also some homeless people who will not leave their pets during dangerously cold weather or are afraid to leave the small space under a bridge or in a wooded area they’ve staked their claim to as “home.”

Let’s live outside ourselves – that’s Gabe’s phrase for putting yourself second and others first.

Here’s what he wrote about the event on Facebook:

“Lots of warmth was given out last night to warm hearts that really needed it. Yes, we really need thermal underwear and socks now. One thing that really warmed my heart was when the last pair of thermal socks was taken. A few minutes later an older man who everyone knew really needed some socks more looked for some. Well, there were none to be found so one of the homeless who had one of the nice new socks said, “Here, sir, you can have my pair.” May giving be in the hearts of everyone because Happiness is giving from your heart.”

Homeless man

We were there in spirit. CRC donated 300 pairs of gloves to Gabe for people who have temporarily lost their way, their hope or the roof over their heads.

That man in the photo could be your co-worker, your neighbor or the guy who fixes your car. Or he could be you. Let’s live outside ourselves.

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About CRC Nashville

Who are we? We are literally two chicks - Catherine Mayhew and Betsy Everett, and a warehouse - the Community Resource Center (CRC). In short, CRC is a non-profit organization that provides household goods, furniture, and appliances to people in desperate need. Think of us as Robin Hoods – without the stealing. Catherine is a former journalist and Betsy is a marketing chick. We are both devoted to acquiring stuff – good stuff, no junk – because that’s what our most fragile citizens deserve. If you have metal desks, televisions that don’t work or underwear you don’t want anymore, don’t give it to us. We’ll sneer at you. If you are companies that have excess primo stuff like furniture in good condition, school supplies, personal hygiene items or pretty much anything else, we’ll be your new best friends. For more information: www.crcnashville.org Fan, Follow, and Friend CRC or Join our Cause CRCNashville - Twitter Community Resource Center - Facebook and Myspace Community Resource Center (CRC) - Facebook Cause

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