"Doing good for goodness' sake" - DC Atheists distribute sweatshirts to those in need.

On the 67th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th 2008 a small group of about a dozen dedicated activists, or more to the point Atheists, Agnostics, and Secular Humanists got together in Dupont Circle park in our Nation's Capital to kick off a larger effort to reach out to the homeless community, as well as other community service related projects in the future such as blood drives and bone marrow donations. On this day sweaters were handed out to the homeless community that were donated by American Atheists Inc., and these particular sweaters honored the Atheistic, Agnostic, and Secular Humanistic men and women who currently serve in the United States Armed Forces, and those similar men and women who have died on the field of battle protecting our rights as American Citizens. Specifically the sweaters had an American Flag front and center with the inscription "Atheists in Foxholes". As we all know many of the men and women who make up our nation's homeless population are military vets. Adorned on the front of the canopy the group set up was a large sign donated by the American Humanist Association which was part of a larger, very successful ad campaign that stated "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake". The group of activists also handed out festive packets tied together with brightly colored ribbons and topped with a decorative bow that contained a special Holiday message, along with information about local and national Atheist, Agnostic, and Secular Humanist groups. In all 50 plus sweaters were handed out along with 100 plus information packets.

This article was written by Jeff Wismer; Jeff is responsible for organizing this event. Pictures are available here.

Submitted by shelley on Mon, 2008-12-08 16:27.