|Jennifer Marquez thrilled to collect surplus goods|
|Jasmine's old sneakers.|
"Many of the children we selected for the free shoes were not chosen for our
holiday adopt a family program," explained Rosa Martin, Administrative Coordinator,
YWCA of the Harbor Area. "These families have needs all year not just at the holidays
and are trying hard to support their families."
For the rest of us, who may not be touched by homelessness, Jennifer adds, "there is
hidden poverty everywhere."
At her children's school, there were two children that were homeless last year,
one was living out of a car. Both are now in better situations. This year, she adopted
an elderly woman for Christmas who asked for small gifts, a blanket, a sweater and
At the end of January, another 75 children from Los Angeles, in collaboration with the
Union Rescue Mission, will receive their shoes.
But as Jennifer warned me, I am sad to say the Wilmington boy's parents never called.