Those most affected.

My first letter to the editor of the Globe.

I read Sunday’s article about how local businesses (even lemonade stands!) are coping with our current water crisis.  I also read “A Walk for Pride” about the homeless team participating in the Walk for Hunger. While both were informative, it seems that most homeless have again been overlooked in local reporting. They’re the most affected by this crisis, and the least reported on.
I had heard rumors that the Walk for Hunger actually kicks homeless people in Boston Common out of the park, but who could believe such ridiculous claims?   On Saturday night my friends and I realized that homeless people have no way to boil water and would likely struggle to purchase it.  Today, we scoured three sold-out supermarkets for water, and ended up with 50 bottles.  We hit the Common in the heat of the day only to find very few homeless people around the usual spots.  Are the only needy people allowed in the park during the “Walk for Hunger” the ones who walk 20 miles first?  Does this seem like a problem to anyone else?  I was appalled and am hopefully wrong in my observations.

OR (if i’m wrong and the homeless folks were just not around)..

I read Sunday’s article about how local businesses (even lemonade stands!) are dealing with our current water crisis. While informative, it seems that the homeless have again been overlooked in local reporting, unfortunately left out of this article about how Bostonians are coping..

On Saturday night my friends and I realized that homeless people have no way to boil water and that most would likely struggle to purchase bottles of it. Today, we scoured three sold-out supermarkets for water, and ended up with 50 bottles from Stop-n-Shop.  We hit the Common in the heat of the day.  Are there plans to help the homeless get clean water to drink?  I petition the Globe to report on the situations of those who need water most during the next “coping” article.  Here’s hoping the drama lasts only a few days. If not, Bostonians, if you get a chance, please hand water to someone who needs it.

Becca Nelson
585.797.4216
Boston, MA 02124

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