Tips Bring Hope
In the past we had folks give us the extra change from their purchase as a little gesture of their thanks for coming down to the farmer's market, craft fair, what have you. After a past customer literally came by our booth one farmer's market day just to dig out a crumpled one dollar bill and hand it to us as a reminder of her appreciation; we decided to merge passions.
Even though we could easily use these "tips of gratitude" for gas money, bottled water or comforts during events -- we decided to take those small tokens and turn them into something big. Something that brings hope.
As human beings in the modern world, life is hard. We have been victorious in wars, battles and even terrorism to some degree. We have concurred the great American West and have plowed the land into submission (again, to some degree.) We now have all the comforts one could ever dream of and most of us are trully blessed. But in the process, we have continued to struggle with our own humanity.
With that first hipster couple extending a quarter that made a complete dollar to the woman who handed over a crumpled one dollar bill -- we are now starting our own revolution.
At any event we attend you will find a jar, pot or cup with the sign claiming "Tips: Keep Homeless Alive." Every ping of a nickel or toss of a dollar will go to the greater good of humanity.
Our passion will unit with a small local operation which provides handmade scarves, mittens, sweaters, food, books -- all in a simple brown paper sack to the homeless during winter months. Their target are the urban homeless who for the most part are ignored and rarely thought of. These are not families nor groups but individual who have only themselves in this world.
We are aware that your nickel, dollar can turn into something even greater through investment. This is why for every cent that goes into our tip jars it will be invested on and continue to grow.
Our goal is not to correct homelessness by wiping it off the globe, but to let these forgotten men, women and children know we see them. We see them and care. We know they still walk this earth and we share in their pain.
Remember we are all in this together. Thank you for changing own world.
(More information will be coming soon.)