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Reality check in effect!!

by Stephanie Stricklen

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:42 PM

I've served food at the Trail Blazers Harvest dinner for a number of years now, and every year it reminds me how people are struggling to survive. During the dinner, the Blazers-- and others in the community-- serve food to about 5,000 people in need.

This year was interesting. I had a conversation with a man who told me last year he and his family were financially sound only to lose everything (first the house, then the job) this year. He hoped it would be the only time he'd need to rely on charity for a hot meal. Heartbreaking. Just heartbreaking to look into his weary eyes. It just changes the way you feel about the things you have in life, you know? I need to do a better job of thinking about people who may be in need all year round-- not just at a specific event. And, for him, I hope from the bottom of my heart that next year brings stability in his life.. a job, and a place he can call home.

This photo is from the Blazers.. The team, the Trail Blazers employees, the local businesses, and everyone who turned out to volunteer deserve a word of thanks.


But let us all try to keep it up throughout the holiday season and through the following year.