The Sweetest Gift

04/20 2023

My friend and client Todd Goldstein won’t make a big deal about this, so I’m going to do it for him.

On a recent call about some work together for his brand Whoa Dough, Todd asked how my “new” life in Seattle was going. Naturally, I launched into a minutes-long, motor-mouthed chronicle about my experience volunteering at The Window of Kindness at Facing Homelessness. With no prompting whatsoever, Todd asked if we could use food donations (which we always can), and within a couple of days he had mailed HUNDREDS of Whoa Dough bars and coordinated an enormous in-kind donation from a fellow Ohio-based chocolate factory.

Yesterday, I was overjoyed to pack my car full of these generous gifts and begin sharing them with my friends and neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. Within an hour of opening the Window, word spread throughout the community and visitors came to get a warm meal, a listening ear and a sweet treat that lifted their spirits and made them feel seen, loved and cared for.

Feeling Inspired?

It’s both an honor and a privilege to work with so many thoughtful, generous and community-minded companies, particularly in the food and beverage world. If you would like to make an in-kind donation to Facing Homelessness, please get in touch and I’ll coordinate the sh*t out of it. If you’d like to make a monetary donation, every dollar makes an immeasurable difference.

The housing crisis is real all over the world, and especially here in Seattle where the rate of homelessness has surpassed almost every other city. If nothing else, when you see someone who is living unhoused, JUST SAY HELLO. Facing Homelessness has taught me so much about the myriad circumstances that lead to homelessness—and the one thing they all have in common: humanity. And people deserve to be treated like people, no matter where they live.