LADY AT THE BAT: On Brian Cashman's Plans To Help The Homeless

Monday, November 7, 2011

On Brian Cashman's Plans To Help The Homeless

As the off-season continues to heat up, Yankees GM Brian Cashman's plans to talk to the agents of CJ Wilson, Roy Oswalt and Mark Buehrle have made news.  They've also made me wary. The only one of the three that I think has some promise is Buehrle. I just hope that, if they make an offer to him, it isn't for too much money or too many years.

Another of Cashman's plans this month makes me very happy.  Cashman is on the board of directors at Covenant House, an organization committed to helping homeless youth. You may have already heard that, on the night of November 17th, as part of his involvement with Covenant House, Cashman will sleep outside in a cardboard box, to call attention to and raise money for homeless kids. He and 49 other CEOs and top executives will participate in the Solidarity Sleep Out. They hope to raise $500,000 for this great cause.

Long time readers of this blog know that the subject of homelessness is very personal for me. Two years ago I announced in a post that I had been forced to join the ranks of New York City's homeless population. Over the next few months I posted the occasional update about my condition and was very happy when I was able to post that I was leaving the shelter system and moving into an apartment.

Homelessness came to me as an adult and, because of the City's shelter system, I never had to sleep on the streets. However, those months were very trying for me.  I can only imagine how much worse it is for children and teenagers who are outside without a roof over their heads. That's why I'm so glad Brian Cashman is participating in this event. I am not in a position to donate money to it but I hope that someone who reads this post is, and finds it in his or her heart to do so.  For more information click here.

Thank you and best of luck to all the participants.

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