I was driving this morning to take my kids to their school/daycare and saw a group of homeless people huddled together. They are there everyday, but today was different. For the first time I noticed them shivering. Of course this probably isn't the first time they have shivered in the cold, just the first time it caught my eye. So as I'm pulling in to my warm home I was thinking a 100 miles per hour what can I do. My husband and I work hard for our money and I don't believe in just giving it away. In fact I have never given 1 cent away to the homeless, mainly due to my fear of supporting someone's addiction?!? I thought that I have alot of beans, etc (I stock up on them ...my own addiction..lol) and I having a good bit of sewing things. Now, what if I got a group together of willing participants and took out some food, and the sewing items, and asked them to make the blankets in return for the food. We would take the blankets and then sell them at various places. I believe very strongly in earning your keep, but seriously I can see the vicious cycle that one can land in when homeless. Nobody will hire you, lack of skills, hygiene, proper clothing, etc. It seems like if they had something to offer besides a hand out with a change cup, maybe people would be more likely to help as well. My hope is that this will give the ones who want to participate something to look forward to while earning their own money after the blankets are completed. Another thing that erks me is when I see our christian counterparts using the homeless to pass out the little 'god comics' and wanting to sell 50 cent melted candy for $2.50, I think more can be offered and recieved. I don't believe in any god, but I do believe in the power of people to help make some changes. My intent isn't to start prosthylizing, however, it does take more than praying to change situations. If I'm asked I would gladly tell them about being godless and good. So what do you guys think? I'm under no illusions that some may try to take advantage and others will be honest, and I don't believe this is going to make anyone a millionaire.....but maybe with hard work it may eliminate a few off the streets and into a place to live. Naive or practical?