it’s cold out there!

this week the public were made aware of a situation happening in our little town of 5,000. for the third time this year (we are only into february, right?)  it came up on a facebook page of a local radio station. some of our homeless people’s tents have been burned and the only articles they owned, destroyed. humans are quick to assume… about anything… even i had questions… but it really came down to the fact that some people chose to burn and destroy the only items that these people had.

someone who had heard about this wanted to know why these people were homeless. to which they replied that it wasn’t the questioner’s business to know. then the assumptions began.

the victims had not done any damage to anyone else’s property, as far as anyone knew.  so why couldn’t they expect to have a warm place to sleep, without fear of other people destroying it? oh, how i wished someone had compassion and showed kindness.

a local radio station as well as cbc radio listened to the story of one of the people affected by the fires. it was at this point that the red cross heard about the situation, and they quickly provided a new tent and a couple of other items required. i was so pleased to see them meet the need. i’ve heard of them helping in foreign countries, or in places where disasters hit, but never have i heard of them helping in this way.

it’s hard to see people hurt and not be able to meet their immediate needs. however, i did what i could, trying to make a way for the person assuming they knew the reasons and solutions to homelessness, while trying to not put them down for not understanding it all.

hopefully the people who did the damage get caught, and will learn from this. my heart aches for the homeless, and so i will go on… finding good people who want to make a difference in our community, by allowing us to host the drop-in-centre and serve soup throughout the week.


Published by: bcsmithereens

hello, my name is dawn and i have been married for 33 years. hubby and i have two grown children. our family has lived in smithers, bc canada since march 17, 2001. i love GOD, plants and cats and my husband (not necessarily in that order)... and my kids, their partners and our first grandson. i am an mk (missionary’s kid). i graduated in kenya… a long time ago! (1980) i love cats and kittens! we have two. Our oldest is a three year old Ragdoll who goes by the name Bailey. she has some Siamese tendencies, such as selective talking and a bit of her special temperament. she prefers the indoors, but does get pushed outside every-once in a while. being that she has one eye that is crossed (a condition called strabismus) means we have never seen her successfully catch a bunny, bat, bird, mole, or even a moth, fly, or mosquito. i have forgotten to mention that if bailey's water bowl has a piece of her food fall in, she will not drink from it. however, she thinks nothing of starting her meal without ... shall I correctly say... she thinks nothing of starting our meal without us taking our portions first, yogurt, cheese and sour cream are her preferred cuisine. she gets away without having any manners. she is definitely our cuddliest cat in all our years together, yet she can be quite the bully with our other cat. miss myu (pronounced Miss Mew) arrived when she was 6 weeks old, which was a few months before we got bailey. looking at her I believe she is a Siberian cat, without it being official. She is rarely indoors, unless it’s night time in the coldest nights of winter. She has brought us some of her hunted creatures to show off. she likes to lick my skin and most of the time prefers to have her own space. Thankfully both of these mid-long haired beauties only need to be groomed a couple of times a week. and we have gotten into being fish owners in the last couple of years. we have a 20 gallon tank with a monstrous plecosstomus (pleco), a mini mexican orange lobster (crayfish), two apple snails, a mystery snail, four beautifully coloured male guppies, two multi coloured mollies, three baby ember tetras, a loach and a large miniature freshwater clam. i really enjoy reading, preferring fiction and biographical. unfortunately my eyes and a drastically declining lack of concentration have kept me from it for a number of years since I have given up reading I have taken up rescuing orchids, which did wonderfully until we moved into our basement suite, so have finally settled on all things colourful! i currently am a bookkeeper for a few small businesses, where i now work remotely, from home. i previously blogged at: at the time i was going through a very rough period in my life. since that time i have undergone what i can only explain as a “Spiritual Heart Transplant”. i have begun to share my story with the public and have found that to be strengthening as well. i would love for you to follow me along on my journey, make a comment, or two… or three so i can get to know you too. hopefully i can be a blessing to you. thank you for your time. d

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11 thoughts on “it’s cold out there!”

      1. I don’t think you did the wrong thing at all. Injustice like that should be made known, if it’s hidden, it festers and grows until it contaminates the entire community 😦

    1. how true dennis! i truly have enjoyed reading your stories as well. it’s a way of life i never expected to live, but so very rewarding! enjoy your weekend. – d

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