We Can’t Fix This Issue Over Night, But We Can Do This One Simple Thing…Jessica Griggs
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
In 2014, one man set out to do one simple thing: bring hope to a group of people society has ignored. After observing the blatant needs of the men, women, and children struggling with homelessness in Seattle, Eddie knew he had to help. At the time, King county had an estimated 3,200 people living on the streets. Eddie Wang knew that he couldn’t solve the challenges of homelessness overnight by himself, but he could do something. He formed the non-profit group, Sleepless In Seattle, and together with the help and support of individuals, corporations, and other non-profits, they were able to raise $75,000 to purchase 3,500 sleeping bags. Eddie and his team, along with 220 volunteers, hand delivered the sleeping bags to every homeless person in King county. The remaining sleeping bags were distributed to other non-profits and shelters around the community.
This year, the need is even greater
According to a recent poll, the number of people on the streets has risen 21%, from 3,200 to 3,800. Sleepless in Seattle is wanting to double their efforts this year, by providing not only sleeping bags to every homeless person in King county, but also a care package with nutritious snacks, tissues, gloves, etc. Sleepless in Seattle is also currently forming neighborhood groups that will seek to check in and serve the homeless population throughout the year.
“It isn’t about ending homelessness, but about compassion, and meeting an immediate need.” – Eddie Wang