The homeless need help during #LouSnow

I’ve crept out of the warmth of my apartment for two reasons this week: to walk Roscoe and make a run to Kroger for more groceries.

Winter has reared its DESPICABLE head in Louisville. It’s cold. It’s snowy. It’s about to get worse as temperatures drop to -5 degrees tonight. Reporter Jacob Ryan did a story for WFPL News about being homeless in Louisville during this bout of winter weather. With the temperature dropping below 35 degrees, Wednesday night will be a White Flag night during which homeless shelters take in everyone who needs shelter. The shelters get overcrowded, and the food can run low. Here’s a blurb from Jacob’s article:

White Flag nights bring nearly 300 more people into shelters than other nights, said Natalie Harris, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless. There are about 650 emergency shelter beds in the city… Local shelters have already used up all the funding provided by the city this year for White Flag nights, Harris said. Now, they are “operating solely on donations.”

It’s easy to complain about being cooped up in the house for a little too long, or having to dig yourself out to get to work. Yet a bunch of our neighbors are scrambling for the necessities in packed shelters. Between a third round of Scrabble and another Netflix marathon, why don’t we take a second to give a little back to our Louisville neighbors? You can donate to the Coalition for the Homeless here.

The $10 Challenge: The Iced-In Edition

I hear that it is technically not winter yet.

One slippery walk outside of my apartment building indicated otherwise.

Louisville has been coated in ice for the last couple of days. I only went to work two days this week because neither employees nor clients could safely slide their way into Neighborhood House. I have been trapped in my apartment since Wednesday night and unable to safely get out for this week’s $10 Challenge.

I’m probably not the only person who has stayed holed up in their home until things thaw out a bit, so here are some $10 Challenge restaurants that deliver:

Got any other ideas? Leave them in the comments.

Stay warm, and be safe on those sidewalks. Hopefully, I’ll make it out for next week’s Challenge.