DAY #4: GABRIEL
We woke up this morning to several inches of snow right on-top of us, to top it all off, the wind started blowing it all right in our faces, it was a great start to the day!… Kudos to Brandon Van Dam for joining us last night, it was the harshest night yet, he was definitely a trooper! We spent most of the day trying to figure out a plan to get rid of the snow from our home, but we first had to wait until the late afternoon for the snow to stop falling. It took us a few hours, but we were able to salvage most of our cardboard and figure out a plan to tackle our biggest challenge thus far – the super cold temperature we’ll face tonight.
Along with the crappy weather, we were also fasting today, and it was extremely difficult to not be able to accept kind gestures from so many people. The entire day I was frazzled and incoherent, it was especially tough to pay attention in class today. I don’t think I could do well in my classes if I didn’t have access to food on a regular basis – a harsh reality for too many youth.
There was a moment that made my day, one of my professors told me that she had brought her children to visit the university, and that they noticed us sleeping outside. Being naturally curious, they asked some questions, prompting her to start a dialogue with her children about homelessness. This is exactly what we’re out here for, to shed some light on a truly important cause that’s often swept under the rug.
Today, I also addressed a few of my classes about the 5 Days campaign, and I was amazed by the astounding generosity of my peers – we raised a few hundred dollars that will go towards our goal. I want to give a shout-out to Latif and his Stand Up for Health event he ran tonight, it was definitely an eye-opening experience, and I urge you to participate in it next opportunity you get. I’m nervous for sleeping outside tonight with an empty stomach, but I’ll have to jump in with both feet – I’ll keep you posted tomorrow.
Posted on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 @ 3:05PM
Categories: 5Days Laurier