Please meet Tony, a homeless man who has spent day and night during Redding's exceptionally cold winter outdoors. As hundreds of people a day pass by Tony across the street from the downtown post office, many of them leave love offerings... clothes, food, blankets, .......money.
Tony has severe problems with his feet, and has a very hard time walking. For several months Tony was allowed to sit under cover of the Amtrack station on a bench, until construction has driven him to the spot you see today.
As you can see, and if you were to ask Tony, handouts do help...
Unfortunately homeless "Tony" could not make it through the night...
I looked at the paramedic and said he was dying on that bench... He agreed
Tony spent many months staying under the porch on a bench of the Redding Amtrack depot until construction forced him out on the bench across the street from the downtown Post Office on Yuba St.. Usually he can hobble over to the covered Raba bus station when it rains but he could not even get up when Fire and EMS arrived. He was hunched over all day which was very disturbing . Im sure he was very close to dying.
Redding Police and businesses are very hot to do a "Handouts Don't Help" campaign to try to drive some of the homeless out of town, As a Christian we are very much against as we could gage Tony's condition through out the day as we gave him love offerings.
Les Kinny member of Redding Coalition for the Homeless offers Tony a hot breakfast on a cold morning.
I went to visit Tony at Shasta Regional Medical Center . The nurses said I had to wear a gown, gloves, and a mask.
As I approached his room the sickening smell of gangrene and rotting flesh met me in the hallway. Tony was mercifully asleep. His feet uncovered and unrecognizable at first, shocked me to no end. Although Tony is a black man, it was painfully obvious his feet looked dead, Tony in all probability will loose both legs as well as his feet...