On September 24, 2010 an event was held at Quest Field stadium in the Downtown Seattle area. A crowd gathers outside as they wait for the doors to open.. many people camps in the middle of the night in order to be the first in line for the services and free items that were available.
As 9: 00 am rolled around the socializing stopped and the worst characteristics of people was revealed. Pushing and shoving, was the event to follow after the doors opened. If you were in the front of the line the squishing and danger was eminent as people demanded to get in before others.
Free stuff and homeless selfish people do not equal patience or safety. As I was finally squished near the door, a kind security guard let me in and then I was sent directly to the “store”.
As two friends and I stood in the over-crowded line, I asked myself out loud “why couldn’t people learn how to stand in a single file line?” Considering the line was nothing but a large cluster of people, there was no way of telling who was truly first in line.
Someone tried to push his way through the cluster, as if not getting “stuff” was the end of the world for him. A fight then broke out and I reasoned that standing in line for a bunch of stuff while facing violence really was not worth it. Drama ensued more as people continued to fight to cut in the line. I truly felt good to walk away and let someone else have a chance at the “stuff” that I truly did not need.
We three amigos walked to another line where we picked up a care package with bath stuff in it. All I needed was mouth wash, so my two friends and I sat down at a cluster of chairs and sorted out our hygiene packages. I gave away my stuff that I did not need and we shared in laughter as one of my friends found a gag gift in her care package. It was love ensuring Chap Stick. The package said “kiss for forever love as seen on TV.” I could not help but laugh.
Next the girls decided to get a manicure. Of course they were not going to do acrylics or fake nails but, a manicure was given and nails were painted beautifully.
Next, we found an area where books were being given out. Free books for all types of personalities were piled upon three tables where people could look through and pick as many books as they want.
Lastly, we sat down to a very delicious meal of corn with carrots, my friends had lasagna and bar b q chicken while I had the vegetarian lasagna. After words we attempted to get back in line for the store but were told by staff there might not be anything left. So me and myt friends decided to get out of line and go home.
The serviced provided are great offers if the late arrivals were not turned away. The backpacks were all gone, most of the stuff was gone by 12:30pm and there was stil la long line. Others who were in line for haircuts early in the morning were turned away because of time limits. I thought that was very bad judgment on the stylists part. There should be some consideration of how many people are in the building and then expect to serve them all. However, that is not the reality of people’s thoughts.
Most volunteers get in the program to “help” themselves look good, or fulfill a certain hour of volunteer requirement that may be requested by school or other sources. Compassion really needs to stand in place of “just being there to get the job done” attitude.
The people receiving the free resources should learn patience and the golden rule of do unto others what you have them do unto you. Letting someone go before you often leads to you getting other blessings in the end that may not have come otherwise. The key to treating people well is that you do not always have to be first. Truthfully, selfishness never pays and it is bad karma.
Granted, there were other resources that were very helpful such as: phones were available for people who needed to call long distance to their families, and tax preparations for those who are like me; clueless about the tax forms. I don’t know about you, but I take one look at those tax forms and my brains melts into a pile of useless goo.
If you have medical issues, then there us health services and referrals that are available, there is also educational programs and employment services that are placed within your hands during this event. You may also be in need of legal assistance, veteran services, and DSHS benefits. If you are bringing your child with you, then there is child care that will be provided to you as well.
This event is held around the same time, at the Quest Field Stadium yearly, so go there and enjoy your time and get the information you need for your future. Only you can prevent your own homelessness and misfortune.