Homeless for the holidays …

think what it's like to be outside looking in

Worried about Tommy? Don’t know any real kids who are homeless? There’s a lot more of them than you may think.

How many? No one knows for sure, but you can begin educating yourself about the problem by taking a look at this brief Wikipedia article.

Want to know more? Here’s still another site where you can educate yourself about the dimensions of the problem.

Wondering how you can help?

There are homeless LGBT kids all over this country, all over this world. And there are even more non-LGBT kids who are homeless as well. Fortunately, there are also lots of organizations trying to help that could use your financial support.

Here are a few in the United States worth checking out:

The True Colors Fund and the many local organizations it recommends are worth your consideration as well. Covenant House, which has locations in 27 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America, is another fine organization worth supporting.

I’m sure there are many other organizations as well that are helping, both here in the United States and abroad. Not sure where to start? Here in the United States just go to a site like Charity Navigator and key in LGBT, homeless, or youth as keywords.

You should be able to find organization worth helping. Once you have, you can contribute anonymously through an organization like the Network for Good if you want to avoid being pestered.

Or, better yet, give something at least as precious as money. Give yourself. Take some of that time you have on your hands and volunteer to help. What better time of the year to do it?

Visit the web sites. Get involved! Make a difference!