My name is Hamza and I am the founder of Coins 4 Clothes, a charity which rewards clothing donors with Bitcoin Cash for donating their gently used clothes to their local clothing bank.
Who is Sam?
Sam is someone I knew a decade ago when we were still in high school. When I found out he had been homeless for over a year, I knew i had to help. A mutual friend had recently connected with Sam, and told me that he had been without a change of clothes for months. I got in touch with my friends, family and people from the Toronto Bitcoin Cash community, and we collected gently used and brand new clothes for him.
Sam was overjoyed to receive these clothing donations and hiking back pack!
"I didn't realize what brand this jacket was until I kept getting compliments".
Sam on living on the streets
“My first time in a shelter I saw a guy shooting up right beside my bed. Second time I saw a guy get stabbed. Most homeless people don’t stay in shelters for this reason, a lot of them are unsafe, so we end up spending most nights on the streets.”
“Recently I've been lucky to spend most nights sleeping in the mall or at a coffee shop. Most of the staff know me and help me out. Once in a while customers will call the cops on me or others and the staff will give me a coffee to make it seem like I’m a paying customer. It's nice knowing there are some good people out there”.
Sam is determined to turn things around
Sam actively posts ads on Craiglist and a Canadian equivalent called https://www.kijiji.ca looking for work. He also checks for new job postings daily.
"Most jobs I'll get are labour jobs. No one wants to hire you for an office job when you smell because you haven't changed or showered in days".
Sam has recently been working the cold Canadian nights doing snow removal jobs.
"It's tough. Being homeless, you don't get to eat or sleep very well. These are two things you need if you're going to do manual labour, especially working 12 or 14 hours overnight in the freezing cold."
Sam told me that he recently managed to get a low-fee membership at the YMCA, granting him access to shower facilities, and a locker along with access to the gym. He's also working towards saving enough money to get his own place.
Sam on the Importance of Having a Phone when you're homeless
One thing that caught my eye was the fact that Sam had a smart phone. "It's the most important thing for a homeless person to have". Sam says the first thing he spends money on is his pay as you go cell phone plan. "Without a phone you can't get access to services, you can't get work since your employers need to be able to call you, and you're disconnected from everyone you know on the outside".
Setting Sam up with his first Bitcoin Cash Wallet
I had already used some charity funds to order Sam some clothes using purse.io , however the items I ordered were out of stock, and my friends ended up buying some clothes for him anyways.
Then I had the idea. What if I set Sam up with his own Bitcoin Cash wallet? That way he could receive donations from people all over the world, maybe even tell his story and experiences by posting on honest.cash , and then spend that money on things like clothing and toiletries using purse.io .
So, I did just that. I showed Sam how he could connect directly to purse.io using the Bitcoin.com wallet, and walked him through how purse works. I explained how he could save up to 30% by ordering stuff on purse.io when he pays with Bitcoin Cash . Sam loved the idea. This way he could order what he needs when he needs it and experience an increased sense of financial freedom and autonomy!
The one challenge would be shipping. The easy solution was I'll let him ship the items to my address.
How you can help
Sam was already excited when he saw the $10 USD in BCH I gave him shoot up to $10.12. Can you imagine how overjoyed he will be when he starts getting donations from strangers from all over the world?
Sam is now officially part of the BCH GANG! (he had a good laugh about this!).
Let's show the world how Bitcoin Cash can empower people like Sam to achieve financial freedom and autonomy!
Sam's very first Bitcoin Cash wallet and address
BCH Address: qp60sg4n8fakucet8epy5nptz8j7sgaanu0furvg4q
I will post regular updates about Sam's progress, and hope to eventually encourage him to start posting on these platforms himself!
Coins 4 Clothes is a charity that rewards individuals with the cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash (BCH) when they donate gently used clothes. Today, we are excited to announce the expansion of our charity to twelve Canadian cities :
- Quebec City
- Red Deer
Individuals living in one ...
Coins 4 Clothes was born on February 3rd 2018. The idea was simple: collect cryptocurrency donations online (specifically Bitcoin Cash), then use these funds to purchase clothing and distribute it to people living on the street.
We created a website, and posted our public Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Address on it. Anyone in the world could now send us Bitcoin Cash donations by simply scanning a...