Your item in the 4/18 City Desk mocking the Sleepout for Homelessness by George Washington University students was out of order. What was wrong with the students going inside to sleep when it rained? The Sleepout is a symbolic event to highlight the indignities the homeless endure. It is also an important fundraiser for Miriam’s Kitchen for the Homeless, located at our church. Indeed, if it were not for these students and others like them over the past 14 years, Miriam’s Kitchen would have difficulty doing its job. Students serve meals. Students raise money. Students clean and paint. If they choose to go inside when it rains, it merely proves they are wise. It also demonstrates that doors open to them are not open to the homeless.
The commitment of these students to the homeless cannot he questioned. It is rooted in concrete deeds. By the way, has Washington City Paper had any fundraisers, or served any meals for the homeless lately?
Western Presbyterian Church