Day 50: Anthony

Today is a special day – five years ago today I met today’s recipient. He was sleeping on the streets, selling the Street Sense newspaper to make enough money to survive. That was then. Now Anthony has his own efficiency apartment, works to pay his bills and cheers on the Steelers during football season.


Some of you that follow my other blogs know Anthony already, but if you don’t you can read about the day I met him here or the day he found housing here or a recent national television news story on him that ran in January.

I’m supposed to meet up with him today but that might not happen as today is supposed to be the coldest day we’ve had this year. We might just enjoy a phone call today and postpone our lunch today until next week.

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Dear Anthony,

Today marks five years since you and I met on the snow-covered corner of 19th and M. I remember the day very well – Day 67 of my Year of Giving. You’ve come a long way since that day – I’m very proud of you getting off the streets and into housing and working hard to pay your rent so that you can keep your apartment.

Your friendship means a lot to me and I don’t take it for granted. It’s been a great five years and I’m looking forward to the next five and many more after that.

I love you Brother,

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