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Homeless in Toronto reach out to homeless in Japan
Toronto Star ^ | March 25, 2011 | Joe Fiorito

Posted on 03/25/2011 1:11:36 PM PDT by Squawk 8888

When the earthquake hit Japan and the houses were crushed — and again, when the wall of water washed away those houses that remained — Raymond May Burgess and Dave Wheaton watched with particular interest.

They have been homeless.

They are also volunteers at the Good Neighbours Club, a downtown drop-in for men who have no homes, or who are badly housed. They figured they ought to help.

What to do?

Dave, who lived on the street for years, said, “I was watching it on TV. I talked to my mother; we’re finally talking again. And I came in here the next day and said we got to get a little box set up.”

Ray said, “We’re getting donations from the members.”

Dave said, “For a guy as hard-hearted as I am — and I was in the Marine Corps — for me be in tears . . . ” He let that rest a moment and then, as a way of finishing the thought he said, “This is good for guys to do, instead of spending money on beer.” He knows whereof he speaks.

Ray, who is a few years older than Dave said, “I remember Hurricane Hazel. This is the worst I ever seen.” Dave said, “So I got a box. I took a Sharpie and I wrote ‘Tokyo Dough.’”

I heard about the Tokyo dough a few days later, by which time the men from the club had raised 12 bucks and change. But then, a few days after that, the total had shot up over $600; not bad for donations of pocket change from a bunch of homeless men and passersby.

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TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Japan
KEYWORDS: semperfi
I do volunteer work at this agency. The guys there are pretty rough around the edges by deep down they're all good men.
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