Letter to the editor

Homeless aid shut down; can you help?

March 13, 2013 

We are aware that the topic of the homeless in our community is very divisive and will continue to exist. A small group of local people have undertaken to feed and find clothes for some of the homeless. Our group is comprised of some senior citizen veterans, their spouses, plus some not yet senior citizens and several small business operators.

We have banded together to provide these people with a simple meal, fruit, toiletries when we find them and good used clothes. We do not solicit anyone for money, all costs come out of our own pockets. Not that we would turn down any money if someone felt moved to do so. We feel that we are only doing what we have been told to do by the Bible and our clergy. Nothing more than many others profess to do.

We clean up after we are finished, as both the homeless and ourselves are very clear on the cleanup part. This whole process takes about an hour to an hour and a half. An added value to this feeding is that we have been actively involved in getting jobs for people. Since the first of the year we have seen five people leave our group for permanent, self-supporting jobs. Much of that success is due to our help in searching, phone calls, furnishing transportation for some. We are at a loss to understand how these activities are somehow not acceptable.

Last Saturday, police officers came to Chapin Park to visit us and informed us that we could no longer carry on this project. It seems that someone had complained that we left the area unsightly. This was especially strange given the fact that we had been doing this for almost a year without complaint. We were told we needed a permit to do this activity. The police were very professional and helpful in this whole matter and we would like to commend them in this situation.

What we are looking for is someone who has an unused lot in reasonable distance that we may use for this project each Saturday from noon to 1:30. This requires an owner’s permission, we know, and we would make sure to supply trash containers to continue keeping your lot clean. If anyone is so inclined to help in this project you would have our heartfelt prayers. Should you be that person you may call 843-361-7414 or email cargeolor@yahoo.com.

The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.

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