“People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.” —Dalai Lama

This quote by the Dalai Lama is one of my favourite sayings, because it’s an important reminder for us to think twice about our priorities.

Sometimes, during the hottest and most humid days of summer, all you want to do is escape to a shady, quiet place and be alone with a glass full of ice cubes, trying to move as little as possible. It’s much easier to retreat into ourselves, rather than advance with a ready toolkit of compassion, kindness and love.

But as the sun beats down, it’s more than just uncomfortable for people without shelter. Heatstroke, sunburn and dehydration are some of the biggest dangers that our street family faces during the summer. You can help prevent these dangers by giving to provide hot weather supplies. With your gifts, we’re able to distribute water bottles, sunscreen and caps to provide at least a minimum of relief from the sun.

I am profoundly grateful for each one of you who give so generously of yourselves, to express your love for people. Thank you for acting on your kind and compassionate intuitions. Your gifts are what make it possible for my Dandelion Society team to reach out and encourage our street community, every day.

Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers throughout the summer. And if you see someone who seems disoriented, and is suffering from nausea, flushed skin and rapid heartbeat, they probably have heatstroke – go get help immediately.