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October 23, 2011

Encounter with a homeless woman

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 9:05 pm

Over the weekend found an ENORMOUS amount of stuff.

Crackers, Cookies, Energy Bars

Pure liquid protein vitamins

2 safes (yes safes (NEW), one weighed 50 pounds and the other one weighed 100 pounds)
Children’s toys

12 blow dryers (yes you read that right) 12 brand new unopened blow dryers. (One was given to a neighbor who has children and the rest will be doled out accordingly).

Over a hundred craft magazines for crochet, quilt, knitting and sewing). Most of them had patterns you could make items with. Patterns are very expensive. These are priceless things to find.

Jars of mayonnaise

Shelving for homes

Metal for recycling and scrap

Dozen jars of Italian dressing

Sadly, one of the places we find magazines locked their dumpster. We peeked in last night and found many magazines thrown in the trash. Very sad. (On a positive note, my 2 and 4 y/o neighbors LOVED the coloring books we gave them; they snatched them away from the Momma right away!).

We‘ve been finding SO much stuff, my hubby and I are taking a break until next weekend. We’re both exhausted. I’m sore as hell and so is my hubby. My garage is full. The stuff has to be donated or sold. Nature abhors a vacuum so if we fill up too much, God will not send us more stuff.

On the way home from grocery shopping today we saw a middle-aged white woman on the street with a sign that says hungry, please help.

My god, that stabbed my heart like a knife. We made a U-turn and parked into a restaurant. I yelled at her to come over so we could buy her dinner. (It’s far easier for a woman to approach another woman). We went in and she ordered what she wanted to eat. I told her order whatever you want, nothing is off the table. She ordered and I paid.

She told me she was working a part time job and literally was out of money. She was getting paid Tuesday and was just plain old hungry. She said one man gave her $5 and several people drove by and called her horrible names.

Isn’t that sickening? Calling a poor middle-aged white female dirty names because she’s hungry? What have we come to?
When she told me that I was infuriated. It literally makes my head wanna explode when she told me that.

While her food was being prepared the manager came up to the counter for the next person. She said were you going to eat? I said oh no, I’m buying this lady dinner. I bent over and quietly said, this lady is homeless and hungry, you be nice to her. She said yes ma’am, I’ll make sure she is taken care of and has dessert.

Here we go again, Americans are hurting and we’re spending billions of dollars overseas. I’m very sick of the whole thing.

So instead of staying mad, I’m going to create a 72 hour backpack with various items for survival for a homeless man or woman.

This is what I’ll put in it
Bottled water
Can of soda
Some vitamin packs
Toilet paper
Sanitary pads for women
Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss
Peanut butter packs
If you can think of anything else, please comment.



  1. Dont’ forget the baby wipes….what else…maybe a small deodorant?

    Comment by White Rabbit Lady — October 23, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

  2. Good idea! I’m going to Costco this week and buy those in bulk. Hopefully they’re individually wrapped and sealed.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 23, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

  3. Toothbrush/Tooth Paste.

    Comment by whatshewrote101 — October 23, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

  4. Good points, I’m taking all this down to put together a duffel/knapsack bag. I want to keep it light so they can walk around with it.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 23, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

  5. I’d leave out the soda because it defeats the purpose of the vitamins. Soda makes you thirsty and is High Fructose Corn Syrup.
    How about a Bic razor or two so either gender can shave and look/feel good about themselves. Sample size shaving cream.

    Those dollar “solar blankets” for when it’s cold. (WalMarket/Target) And they work.
    Key chain size mace for self defense against dogs and human predators.

    And last, If you need help with the cost, send me an email with an address to send stuff to.

    Comment by jpn — October 24, 2011 @ 2:55 am

  6. Shaving cream is a good idea, I didn’t think of that. A lot of times CVS will have travel size stuff on clearance. I’ve gotta make a run this week.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 24, 2011 @ 10:29 am

  7. Comb or brush. Maybe a small mirror(if you ever find those?) Socks?

    Comment by Tammy — October 24, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

  8. Any first aid items, band aids, alcohol wipes, anti-biotic creme ect.

    Comment by Barbara — October 24, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

  9. Good points, thank you, I’ll put that on my list.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 24, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

  10. Good ones Tammy. Putting that on my list as well.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 24, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

  11. A whistle.
    You’d be surprised the attention you can get in an emergency just by blowing a simple child’s party toy.

    Comment by theenviromuse — October 25, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

  12. Excellent idea! Thank you!

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 25, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

  13. Socks would be helpful! I am on the board of the local rescue mission. A hairbrush or comb also is necessary. Any trial size items like shampoo/soap/toothpaste is always needed.

    Thanks so much for being willing to see others in God’s eyes as people who are part of our society who just need our help! They appreciate it also!

    Comment by Jen Damiano — October 28, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

  14. Jen good comments. Thank you!

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 28, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

  15. How about one of those tiny, inexpensive, LED flashlights? I keep mine on my key chain and it’s a lifesaver. You are an inspiration and an angel for doing what you do.

    Comment by P. Bale — October 31, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

  16. I have a lot of those that I’ve found. I’m compiling them and will be buying batteries for them to give away.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — November 2, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

  17. Small kit of band aids with a healing ointment tube. Small scratches and cuts can get awfully infected especially when they are on your hands. Wal-Mart sells traveler’s sized band aid packets and hand sanitizer back there with the deodorants and aspirins.

    Comment by Charlotte Boren — November 19, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

  18. SOAP or antibacterial liquids are best..I always run out of that and toilet paper and kleenex. Food allowances do NOT allow any of those
    items and boy they are needed badly.

    Comment by CAROL — January 4, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

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