Shay Kelley. This is a gal with a lot of heart and spirit. She is part way though her project 50/50 - visit 50 states in 50 weeks.
Update 9/17/10 - Shay posted a new blog entry: http://project5050.posterous.com/
~~~ Muchos Love,
There is a lot more on her website at http://www.shaykelley.com/
Mark knows what it is like to be homeless first hand. Youtube has gotten behind Mark and his videos are some of the most watched videos on the subject. You can learn more about Mark at http://invisiblepeople.tv/blog/ and http://hardlynormal.com/blog/
Please consider giving Mark support. You can do this by donating, passing along his links or following the invisiblepeople.tv link above where he has listed a few ways you can help.
At the moment Mark is out there spreading the word, shooting video, helping folks, taking photos and has something of what might be one of the lowest paying "jobs" on the planet, if ... he is even coming remotely close to making minimum wage from donations. When this trip is over and he is back in Los Angeles he is back to where he was when he started .... homeless himself.
If you want to give a hand Mark and Shay are two great places to send a bit of help.
- 12 cases of water
- 15 ponchos
- a propane grill
- 8 propane tanks
- 2 tents
- 6 book bags
- 50 shopping bags of hygiene products
- 80 pounds of dog and cat food
- 30 books
- 25 stuffed animals
- 5 boxes of kids toys
- 50 pairs of shoes
- over 8,000 food items
- more than 3,000 pairs of socks
- 60 bags of clothing
The problems facing the homeless are not somebody else's problem. Shay makes it her own problem. She does not look at the shear size of the problem and get discouraged. She does not come up with excuses as do so many of our elected officials. Then again, she is not in politics. She just gets down to business, one person at a time.
Come to think of it ... if somebody out there has a Ford contact maybe drop a word to them about Shay. Her 1984 pickup is doing some great work and it could be a feather in Ford's cap when the American auto industry is trying to climb out of being thought of as a heartless bunch of profit seeking folks that produce junk. Consider helping Shay with a new fleet truck, a loaner truck, tuning up her truck, or some other form of assistance? It would be a very cool thing to do.
As a side note on my above paragraph. Ford is aware of what Shay is doing and is looking into assisting. Ford helps a lot of people and they have loaned Mark Horvath a Ford Flex which was a very cool thing to do. I suppose I should not be two faced .... on one hand I publish figures showing how the homeless population is increasing by the moment and on the other hand I expect folks like Ford to help everybody? Bottom line .... Ford has accomplished a lot more to help the homeless than our government seems to have been able to do.
Mark has a page on his website where you can help him at http://invisiblepeople.tv/blog/invisible-people-homeless-road-trip/ Feel free to help either of these folks or both of them.
--Shay Kelley, Project 50/50