My name is Brittany Fisher, and I am a student volunteer this summer for The Salvation Army. Currently, the campaign “Beat the Heat” is underway where The Salvation Army provides free fans, water, and utility assistance for those in need. Whenever the temperatures exceed 90 degrees, The Salvation Army’s Day Center has a water cooler ready from 9 am- 5 pm for the downtown homeless population.
I walked over to the Day Center today and helped set up the water cooler. We filled it with ice and water, made a sign, and set out the table. Before we were even fully ready, a woman was already there in need of water.
Her name is Joyce and beside her is her dog Kiko. After Lieutenant James Harvin gave her water, we all talked about our day. Joyce went into detail about her life and the struggles she faces day-to-day with sleeping, eating, and just over all safety challenges. Her dog Kiko, she says, is why she feels safe at night. He protects her and has saved her from a couple of pretty scary nights.
Joyce has many struggles, but dehydration should not be one of them. The joy I saw in Joyce’s eyes when she and her dog had a moment to drink cold water, breathe, and relax was extremely overwhelming.
Sometimes we take for granted the little things. I know I do, however meeting Joyce today made me realize how much the campaign “Beat the Heat” is needed. The Salvation Army needs your help with volunteering or a monetary donation to make sure we can keep beating the heat and provide Joyce and Kiko, and many more, some relief!