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Helping Raleigh's Homeless
"Can you spare a dollar?" An unshaven man around 60 years old in
fadedblue jeans, a blue wind breaker, with a red, tattered cap asked a group
of college students gathered at a picnic table at Char-Grill on Hillsborough
St The downtown eatery was crowded with students, a family, and several
people who appeared just to have gotten off from night shifts all enjoying
their hamburgers and fries or eagerly waiting for their orders to be ready.
The man staggered away from the tables to the other side of the building
constantly ading customers for a dollar. One middle-age man asked what he
needed the dollar for -Was he hungry? The man hesitated then said, "I need
the money for a bus ticket to Charlotte. I gotta get to Charlotte. You got a
dollar?" The middle-aged man in khaki pants and a blue oxford button-down
shirt looked away from the solicitor and answered saying "Sorry, I don't have
The manger of the restuarant now had noticed the man, banged on the
window, and pointed down the street. The man looked up and nodded as if
he and the manger had played this scene many times before. As the old man
staggered away from the restaurant, he continued his plea for a dollar often
mumbling to himself.
After the scratchy voice of the old man could no longer be heard, the
patrons of Char-Grill quickly resumed their eating and conversations.
Have you ever wondered how to help people like the old man I saw one
night? You want to do something but you don't know what to do or what
needs to be done. Well, the students and faculty involved in the "Help for
the Homeless" project can help you out. All you have to do is bring back
old clothes when you go home for fall break and donate the items to the
project; they will get the clothes to the Wake County Drop In Center for the
Homeless. What an easy way to help the hundreds of people living on the
streets here in Raleigh.
Please consider donating items, old or new, to the project. Just think if
it was you and your family on the streets; wouldn't you want to have someone
help you out?
For further information, contact Stephanie Turner at 829-7868 or go
by 202 Barefoot.
Letters to the Editor
A few weeks ago my brother and sister-in-law came to visit me at
Meredith, and I decided to give them a tour of the campus. We didn't have
much time so I decided to pick the thing they would enjoy seeing the most.
1 chose to show them the lake, because I had considered it to be one of the
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