Today is December 16, 2014. Two years ago today the world lost Jake Adam York. Jake was my mentor without really knowing it. He encouraged my writing; championed it even. When Jake passed, I felt a hole. Which was odd, because we weren’t particularly close, nor did we even regularly keep in touch.
The summer before he passed, I took a workshop with him to help me develop a book I’ve been writing for Duncan to help the boy understand homelessness.
As many of you may know, acting with compassion to the homeless is a priority in my life. And today on the anniversary of Jake’s passing, I need to ask you all for help.
I’ve been trying to put together “Kindness Bags” to distribute to the homeless in Denver. The weather here is now cold. The resources are being tapped at shelters. And I realize the holidays are here and folks are sick of giving, but I ask you to give, please, just once more.
There is a unique poetry in giving. A beauty that simply exists with the act. I know that to honor Jake I must ask you to give. Tears well up in my eyes thinking of the loss of such a strong person who was dedicated to giving. Only Jake gave in a different way.
I’ve put together an Amazon Wish List of items for these “Kindness Bags.” As you’ll see they are the most basic items that most of us can pick up on a whim.
Here is the wish list: http://amzn.com/w/2TCDXK1FQSDAO
Please help and give. Anything at all is appreciated more than I will ever be able to tell you. I am sure you’ve lost someone you have cared about and this would be a beautiful way to honor them.
I’ll be happy to link back to your site as a thank you and promote you on social media (if that’s your thing).
You can also comment for my pay pal info if you’d like to just donate a few bucks. Anything and everything helps.
Thank you, friends.