Through a series of most fortunate events, Goodwill and Sutter Medical Center have teamed up to provide their unhomed patients with shoes! Here’s the backstory:
Anna Ryan, a Sutter Medical Center employee was working in triage and as she went out into the waiting room one of our Sacramento Metro Firemen came up to her and said that they had transported a homeless man that they got a call on but that he didn’t really need medical attention. The person who called from the neighborhood where this homeless man was in really just wanted him out of the neighborhood. This man was barefoot and thirsty. This was on one of our 100+ degree days, so you can imagine how it must have felt walking on the cement without shoes.
The Sac Metro medic was hoping we could help out with some water and asked if we might have an extra pair of shoes. Anna was happy to help since they have a pretty sizable clothing closet for our underprivileged population and she thought for sure she could find a pair of shoes for this man. Unfortunately, they were all out of men’s shoes. When Anna told the Fireman he said: “You know what? We are going to go out and buy him some shoes. We will be right back.” Anna told the man to sit in the waiting room while they went to buy shoes and got him some ice water and a snack along with a list of shelters he could go to. A little while later, he had a new pair of shoes on his feet and he was on his way. These Firemen rock because sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference.
Anna shared her story with her friend Alison Buhler, who is a Board Member for Goodwill, and she contacted us to see if we would be able to donate some shoes to their ER for future needs. As a result, we are now going to donate 100+ pairs of shoes every month to Sutter for their unhomed patients. Anna posted to her social media: “I am beyond grateful and humbled by the generosity of Goodwill and all who have donated shoes and clothing to us! You all are amazing and it will all be put to good use.” You deserve the credit, Anna – keep up the good work!
P.S. Anna is hoping to find out who the generous fireman was who bought the homeless man the shoes on August 27, so if anyone has any clues to his whereabouts, let us know!