Dear Friends, Family, Faithful Supporters of Swimatun, and The Like,
The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a true CRISIS for people devastated by homelessness in Southern California! While most of us have homes, food, toilet paper, plaquenil, etc., the poor and afflicted have nothing.
In Los Angeles County alone, the homeless population is nearing 59,000 people, with 44,000 of them living in cars, vans, RV's, tents or just out in the open air. We cannot leave people on the streets like this, especially with this ruthless disease spreading like wildfire! CAN YOU PLEASE HELP?
I’ve decided that in place of hosting a swim event this year, and considering our worldly crisis in which we are all in together, that SwimaTun and all of our friends and family must respond and help the homeless this year.
This cause, concerning the ones afflicted in this world 🌎 more than us, is very dear to me and I'm trying to make an impact by participating in this amazing Virtual 5k Walk to Fight Homelessness on May 23rd, 2020. In place of ‘virtual walking’, I have decided that I will do at the very least a 5 K or more on my stair master at home, while obeying the stay at home laws.
Union Rescue Mission is the largest privately funded homeless shelter in the United States. They are also the only mission on Skid Row that NEVER turns away a single woman or family with children. In addition, they are currently fundraising to build a third facility for moms, dads and their kids in South LA.
You can join the mission by either making a donation to my campaign or by joining as a "Virtual Walker" on the SwimaTun For Lupus Team at urmwalk.org.
I truly appreciate your support! Together, we can make a difference!
“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth” (1 John 3:17–18).
“If our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving way too little... For many of us the great obstacle to charity lies not in our luxurious living or desire for more money, but in our fear - fear of insecurity. This must be often recognized as a temptation. Sometimes our pride also hinders our charity; we are tempted to spend more than we ought on the showy forms of generosity (tipping, hospitality, etc.) and less than we ought on those who really need our help (the homeless).”
—C.S. Lewis, on Mere Christianity (86-87).