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Cardboard Box or Box Spring?

December 18, 2014

I had another blog set and ready for posting today, when I happened to walk by a furniture store on the Upper West Side early yesterday morning. From there, all plans went out the window.

homeless storeAs you will notice from the photo, a homeless man is sleeping on the sidewalk, something we see all too often. But what makes this image so disconcerting is that he is lying on the cold hard concrete, his head, covered with a green winter hat on a makeshift pillow, inches below an enormous window of the furniture store, where inside are warm and cozy beds, decorated in inviting colors, appearing soft, warm and relaxing. And then there’s the sign in the window: “Rest Assured.” Rest assured indeed.

At this time of year, you can’t walk down the street without knowing we’re in the thick of the holiday season. Trees covered with twinkling lights, sales posted in store windows, and this homeless man’s sign that says, “Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas,” along with a menorah and candles situated in between his black high top sneakers.

REST 2In December, wallets are open for pleasure, but it’s also a time to open them for those less fortunate. But you just don’t have to give money. Many people are in need of warm coats. How many winter coats are in your closet? And of those, how many do you actually wear?

With making resolutions around the corner and possibly thoughts of getting rid of clutter, one trick to help you keep your resolution is to change the focus. Instead of saying, “I need to clean out the front closet,” think of it as how the stuff you’re getting rid will help others. Knowing that your donations will make an immediate difference may be all the motivation you need.

Below are websites of where you can donate coats

New York Cares Coat Drive

One Warm Coat


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  1. Marilyn Solomon permalink

    I just did it down here! Have a Happy Chanukah and the bikes are waiting for you with premium air!☺️

  2. edes gilbert permalink

    Well said…I have just emailed Stephanie to pick up some of my overstocked closet of coats and scarves to give to homeless or/ and anyone who needs them. Having more than I need is not becoming or appropriate …especially as I am gone for two of the four months of winter here:) Thanks for the reminder…….

  3. Jackie Burkey permalink


    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Mark permalink

    Good job.. im sure this post will help a few needy.

    Bravo Felice for reminding us that we have an obligation to help others.

    Thanks for this holiday post, reminding me i have more than I need, and the things I have can always be shared with those less fortunate.

  5. Richard Aberson permalink

    Don’t have any winter clothes to offer, but I do send warmest wishes to you and yours for an enjoyable holiday and a rewarding 2015

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