Yes, you read that correctly, we save toes.
One of our recent success stories includes getting two people into a home (with their furry family members), while saving one of our friend’s toes.
With the recent cold weather, one of our friends was still living out in the cold, quite literally. It got to the point where this friend has frostbite, and the tips of their toes were turning black. Can you imagine? A few hospital visits later, supported by our wonderful volunteers, and not only are they in a warm place to live, but with all 10 toes still attached.
Why is this important, you ask? Try walking without them…
“your toes provide balance and support when you walk. When you walk, your toes maintain contact with the ground about 75% of the time. They exert pressure in a manner similar to the metatarsal foot bones integral to movement.
Your toes help your feet to bear the weight of your body when you walk. They play an even more important role in running. When you use your whole foot while running, your toes effectively increase the overall length of your foot, allowing you to run faster.
Of all your toes, your big toes are the most important. They play the most critical role in maintaining your balance. They also bear the most weight when standing. Your big toes can bear almost twice as much weight as the other toes combined.” (https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-do-you-need-your-toes)
We tell you this not because we want to toot our own horns, but because it’s a reminder of what some of us might not consider when thinking of the homeless. Imagine if no one had bothered to stop and help. Not only are there consequences mentally and emotionally, but physically as well. A little bit of a hand up and any one of us can make all the difference in the world to those whom might be deemed irreparable otherwise.
Compassion and love, if only to give a bit of hope to those who might feel hopeless. That’s what we do.
Oh, and we save toes.