Friday, October 8, 2010

Protection Point

I spoke this week with Emily at Protection Point, a state funded organization based out of Philadelphia that organizes medical services and a needle exchange for people on the street suffering from drug addiction.  The service provides a place where dirty needles can be deposited and clean needles are distributed in a clean, safe environment.  Emily detailed that they drive an RV through the street and meet up with the people who need their services, and the medical services they also provide.  A team of doctors and interns offer medical care on site.  It sounds like a great organization, whose aim is to stop the spread of HIV through the use of dirty needle sharing, and focuses on providing an outreach to the disenfranchised.

Emily was really kind and helpful when I explained what we were hoping to accomplish.  She said they could very easily hand out hats when the weather gets colder.  We're going to touch base in another month when I have some hats to send.

I got off the phone with her and promptly started to cry.  There are so many kind people in the world who spend their time helping others that it gets overwhelming.  Emily and her office are devoted to helping people no one wants to help, and they do it without judgment.  It's pretty amazing.  Their website is currently under construction, but I'll post the link when it's up and running so you can check it out.


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