This photo was taken on October 23, 2018 at 10:06 AM.
The location was at one of the Homeless Shelters in Washington DC.
The "Take It!" came after having given the homeless hats to this shelter for distribution
I asked the resident on Host Duty who accepted the contribution if I could have a photograph
with him. He was most gracious and profuse in his thank for my contribution of hats and scarves
which I had delivered in a rolling suitcase which I had found next the the trash at a house
nearby my own in my distant neighborhood.
I had picked up the suitcase knowing I would deliver the hats using it as had witnessed the
empty out of the shelter at a time before noon where by the temporary residents must depart,
taking all their posession's and not return until the late afternoon. This gives the staff time
to clean the facilities and make ready for their return. I had seen a number individuals in
morning departures be facilitated using rolling suitcases which were certainly more convenient
than multiple shopping bags which were used by others.
After accepting my request to take a selfie with me - he shook my hand and again gave thanks
for the donation. It was then, that he asked if he could have the suitcase and it was revealed
that there was a good chance he too was one of the homeless residents that just happened to be
on reception desk duty when I arrived. I quickly told him it was his to take and wished him my
This is the end of my part of the story of most of the collected and cleaned hats from last
season. I kept a few that were really cool and will wear them for variety sake when it gets
We had a cold snap recently - and with it came the first hat catch from the street. It has
already been washed and thus the count for the seasonal catch has started.
While this has become a way of giving back for me - it has a way of sticking with me all year
long. Being kind to the less fortunate among us - is best practiced at all times.
Wishing everyone my best,
PS: The beard I have grown is at what is to be its maximum length. The realization it was
time to give it a trim came when someone asked me if I was going to apply for one of the Santa
jobs next month - lol. I advised him - I was lucky enough to have another job -