I don't know about where you live, but it's cold as all get out in Chicago. I'm very fortunate to live in a studio where my heat is included in my rent. At the end of a day, no matter how stressful or trying, I know that I'll come home to a toasty apartment.
Some aren't so fortunate.
As the temperatures drop, I am reminded of people who spend most of their days outside in the cold. Last year I said every time I go into Subway in the winter to get a sandwich for me, I would buy soup for a homeless person. The soup is like $1...
The problem is I forgot to do it a bunch of times. This year, I'm all about spreading the warmth. If I see someone on the street (and I remember), I buy them a coffee, tea or hot chocolate. I put up facebook & Twitter statuses encouraging peeps to do the same, but I don't know if they did or not. If they're anything like me, they probably forgot.
All of that to say: WELCOME TO TEA'S SPREAD THE WARMTH CHALLENGE!!!
Here's how it works: Throughout this winter season, when you see a homeless person in the cold, buy them a hot drink or soup. Come back and tell me in the comments once you've done it. In case you forget to post, I'll call for entries via e-mail on March 19th. Then on March 20th, I'll annouce the winner and award a $100 gift card. (March 20th is the first day of Spring, even though it'll be cold in the Chi until June. Womp.)
You can also count previous hot drinks or soup you've bought for the homeless this winter (so if you've already done this, leave it in the comments today).
Also, this is the Republic of Tea (pure dictatorship), so I don't know what kind of gift card I want to get yet. It might be an AmEx gift card. Might be to Amazon.com. Might be to Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Intelligentsia or Argo Tea. Hell it might be to an airline on which I think you should travel. I don't know yet, but someone going to get PAID for doing good.
*Trey Songz voice* Is it you? Is it you? Is it you?