As I was trying out different backpacks the other day, it occurred to me that organizations that work with the homeless should team up with hikers. Certainly there must be a lot of unused backpacks out there. How many hikers buy a backpack and then never take the trip, or get a new one and leave their perfectly good old one to sit in the back of a closet collecting dust. Instead, that backpack could be given to someone in urgent need of a way to carry all of their belongings safely on their person.
Though I have never been homeless, and cannot understand how it must feel to have no where to call home, certainly I can appreciate the unnecessary loss of privacy and personal belongings. I know that at the end of my trip I will be donating my backpack to someone in need. I hope other hikers can join me in doing the same.