Darkness on the Edge of Town December 2, 2011

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I have never been truly hungry in my life, nor have I been cold or afraid to close my eyes at night (except for this one time at band camp...); but from my perspective from behind the handlebars, its getting tough out there.  It seems that some neighbors and those I see on the streets and sidewalks around town, are living a little more on the rough side of things.  If you don’t have family or friends who are out of work right now you are lucky.  I’m pretty sure if you are reading this on a computer in the comfort of your fleece-lined life, you probably have a few things to be thankful for. 

As cyclists we should appreciate the dire situation of those individuals and families that are teetering on the edge of true need.  You’ve all been out on that ride, still miles from home, maybe its getting dark and you’re’re out of food, the water bottle is bone dry and that sinking feeling  that things are going to get harder before they get easier begins to creep its way forward in your mind. Up till now, you've managed to make it home.   Somewhere between the pain and relief in the recovery process, perhaps you have gained some perspective on the indifference of the larger world around you.

We here at Legend have decided to make it a little easier to give a hand up to someone who needs a boost home.   Come by our Open House Saturday December 3 and bring a non-perishable food item for the RI Community Food Bank.  We’ll have the collection out until the end of the year (at least) in case you can’t make it.