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    Abyss
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    Hello, not sure how many of you shop at Target or recently made a trip there and have noticed a man outside with his cute Dachshund asking for help. He is homeless living out of his car which he doesn’t have a key to and can’t afford to replace it. His dog’a name is Mary Jane and is his life, a homeless person with a pet is gut wrenching but also gives them the strength to survive. They will always feed their pet first, please don’t ever take that away from them unless you’re helping and giving it back.

    Anyway this man is Gary, as I said lives in his car and eats what others give him. He has trouble walking as his foot is infected due to untreated Diabetes, he sits with Mary Jane on the wheelchair. I can’t imagine him being there today which means he’s trapped in his car without food in freezing temperature. I ask anyone with the ability to help or know someone who is able to check on him. Leave your judgement about his circumstances behind and think how you’d actually survive in his situation, I know I would have difficulty I’m hanging by a thread right now. Gary’s truck is located at the white center cut off across from Key Bank which is next to Chase Bank. He’s parked in front of a body shop with a fence. His truck is a black 2004 Dodge Ram with a lot of junk in the back, well now it’s snow. Currently I don’t have a vehicle otherwise I would go to him, please help the vulnerable. I worry he won’t be able to open his door to let MJ out, he parks his wheelchair next to his car door. Long post for someone I don’t know but my soft spot for dogs is too soft as well as the homeless. Thank you and be careful out there.

    Edit: My god so many errors in this post. :)

    • This topic was modified 11 months ago by Abyss.
    #1024055

    happy hour
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    Thank you for posting. I cannot get there today & hope someone that can get out to help him. Freezing temps, depression, chronic illness & isolation is soul crushing.

    #1024207

    Vanessa
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    Does his car run? Does he need gas?
    The Armory (? Place with the canon in the front yard) is taking people in out of the cold. Oh, my God..😔

    #1024209

    jissy
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    I noticed his set-up today on 98th between 16th and 17th. I wasn’t able to stop by but plan to go by tomorrow with provisions.

    #1024245

    Vanessa
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    What about Gary? And his little dog?

    S#it! You said he doesn’t have a key to the car, so that means no heat. I can’t get to him.

    With his infected foot from diabetes, he could lose it. Why isn’t this 911 call or a welfare check and get him to the ER?

    😬 we take better care of the hummingbird feeders than we do our people living without homes.

    #1024259

    MLM
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    Vanessa were you able to stop by and check on this guy living in his truck or call 911?

    #1024273

    Vanessa
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    No, I’ve been iced in at home. I’ve just gone from the original post here and hoping to bring attention to this poor man’s situation.

    #1024328

    mehud7
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    I stopped by today to check on Gary and MaryJane. He is a nice guy and said what he needs most is fuel (those small green fuel tanks for camping) to stay warm at night. I brought him some chicken noodle soup and some other lunch items. It would be nice if the community could join together to help him get a key made for his truck.

    #1024349

    jissy
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    I stopped too today with coffee, tea, water, bite to eat and some wool socks…. he said yesterday was their hardest day as he ran out of the fuel cans. I was very concerned as he wasn’t wearing any pants but covered in a sleeping bag he said one of the locals from one of the restaurants gave him. He notes he’d been able to get out for Pho yesterday and another business neighbor helped him get his socks on yesterday. He told me he had enough money for a locksmith to come out to get him a new key but didn’t say when. He had a dashboard stacked with hand warmers and was very upbeat and positive in spite of his circumstances.

    #1024375

    Abyss
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    Oh my, I haven’t checked back on my post and didn’t receive any email notifications so I’ll have to check my settings.
    Thank you all for taking the some of your time to help out. 😭 ( Crying emoji.) I had spoken to him about the key, he said a locksmith would make one for about $200, about right. However I mentioned the dealership also replaces them using the cars VIN. The night I went to take him a blanket was too dark, was hard to see the dash and the one located on the side of the door.

    I mentioned I don’t have a working vehicle it broke down so haven’t been able to go around. I worry about MJ having food, she’s always trembling and probably needs a good bath. I wanted to suggest him going to day shelter to get cleaned up as someo will allow a pet or I’ll happily watch her.I wish I could help him out more but I’m currently unemployed and not that great, he knows. I care and so many people out there too. One person at a time, helping him wrap those blankets around him is an action of human connection and everyone needs that.

    If you mention the lady who told him about feeding MJ food and gave him a blanket he’ll know. I’ll check back and post if I can see him though the snow is getting fluffier right now.

    *Did not proofread. Lol

    #1024766

    skeeter
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    Can someone please let this struggling man know that using the propane cylinders indoors or in a car is extremely dangerous? Those propane canisters are to be used outdoors only.

    #1024767

    Vanessa
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    Skeeter, I agree. I looked it up. Burning it inside can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

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