Last, but not least, here’s a photo of the tote bag given to each woman as she left Street Smarts. The bags were filled with all kinds of items: a washcloth, hand lotion, kleenex, toothbrushes and toothpastes, make-up, soap, shampoo, conditioner, sanitary napkins, perfume, etc.–plus an informative brochure from Komen providing the basics of breast health.
We also received a large donation of apples and oranges, so each participant was given a small sack filled with fruit.
The slogan beneath the Street Smarts logo–“Cancer ain’t crazy. It’s serious.”–was devised by Lisa and Edwina. They told me that women who live on the streets often respond to messages about breast health in one of two ways. Either they laugh, or they dismiss the idea of breast cancer as ridiculous. “They think we’re downright crazy when we tell them they ought to get checked out,” Lisa said.
I have to say that my favorite part of the day was greeting each woman individually as we handed out totes at the end of the event. It’s that one-on-one encounter that I hoped for when I first devised this program.