If you’re of a certain age you may remember having the freedom to “just be a kid,” playing in mud, playing games, and playing in general. Life is more complicated now, and finding the time and place to “just be a kid” is tough, especially when family life has gone awry to the point of homelessness, and a child may not trust men or women or any adult for that matter.
Tom Egan is said to have had few friends when he froze to death in 2008, but he's got a loyal following now. Several dozen trekked to the north end of Blair Blvd. Dec. 18 to remember the veteran whose death awakened the community to the plight of the homeless, especially in deadly cold weather. They represented faith communities, Egan Warming Center staff and volunteers, veterans groups, local government, and a very few of the 300 to 350 homeless adults and youth who utilize the Egan Warming Center.
“Beautiful” was the description heard time and again as hooded runners and umbrella-toting supporters gathered for Turkey Trot No. 5. Unlike the golden morns of Thanksgivings past, this year’s holiday dawned with a leaden sky and impending rain, but that didn't stop 1300 runners and walkers from making a splash.