As what seems like the 10th Nor’easter of 2014 comes to an abysmal close, I wonder when the frigid temperatures and relentless snow will stop. In this weather, I heavily consider whether it is worth succumbing myself to the arctic temperatures and winds of Easton, PA. Do I really want to walk through Antarctica for 3 minutes so that I can get a bite to eat at the dining hall? No, absolutely not. I think a more important question is: have we been living on the top of the snow-capped mountains of Everest for the last few months, or are we in Eastern Pennsylvania?
As great as I am at being over dramatic, I cannot help but wonder what the mindset of a homeless person has been this past winter. Even though I may not want to walk to get it, I know where my next meal is coming from. And in my own sub-culture filled with privileged people (including myself), I know I am guaranteed a comfy bed and a warm room that 10 homeless people would be elated to share a night in.
As I read “Severe Cold Moves New York’s Homeless to Seek Help”, I learned of the acts that the homeless must succomb themselves to in order to survive each winter day. Because the conditions have become unbearable this winter, homeless people are giving in and checking into nearby shelters at an alarming rate. Some members of the homeless community are in favor of living in a shelter and some are not. Some shelters are equipped to support the influx of homeless people this winter and some are not. Either way, I am more compelled to invest my effort, emotion and energy into learning how I can ease the life of at least one homeless person this winter and year. You should too.
By Julian Plummer