Hitting the streets every morning like my team does is a constant battle. It’s a battle to overcome the cold, pain, hunger, loneliness and heartache that people in our community are facing every moment, every day. Many people may look at those who are living on the streets simply as homeless people, all the same. But to the Dandelion Society, these people are our friends. Some may struggle with mental disability and addiction, but every individual that I’ve met on the streets of Victoria is worth knowing.

I’m so thankful for each one of you who is committed to looking for ways to help. Your acts of kindness do not go unnoticed. And it’s only together that we can ward off the dark and cold and embrace each other to survive another winter.

Whether you’re a Christian, an atheist, a Buddhist, an agnostic or other, you can help. You can start by reading up on the Dandelion Society this holiday season, on our Facebook page and on our website. You’ll find out that we’re about people, and spreading joy and peace to everyone who is looking for it. From there, if you are looking for a way to give, please don’t hesitate to contact me. There are so many ways to give.

Many of my friends on the street don’t have a family. I’m their family. You’re their family.

Whether you’re following tradition this Christmas or simply wishing the merrymakers well, I hope you will participate in bringing hope to our city. Because it’s a gift that’s valuable beyond measure, and everyone can give it.

Your friend,

Revered Al Tysick