August 3 - Pittsburgh
Today was nice and relaxing! We had an additional day in Pittsburgh which mean that we got to sleep in a bit!
We rolled out to our first friendship visit of the day at 10:00 am. We showed up at CLASS (which is an acronym for something but I don't remember what) and were warmly welcomed. Most of the clients here were in wheel chairs which surprisingly was a first of the trip.
I met a nice lady in a wheelchair named Helen who was non-verbal. She typed on a communicator to speak. She told us her story that she was the victim of a hit and run, before her accident she was a waitress in town. It was really sad but also really touching. This was probably one of the hardest visits to leave.
We then headed to do another streetwise fundraiser. We only had about 15 minutes to spare, but in that time we made aver $200!
We then headed out to our second friendship visit that was at a camp that Build America was working at. This mean that I got another opportunity to see my chapter brother Ryker. The BAM team was having a really good time, and it is clear that the camp culture is fully ingrained in them.
We went out to the sports court and Ryker, KB (from BAM, he convinced me to do JOH), and myself played tennis with a girl named Angel. We bounced the ball around and you could really see that she was having a good time. It wasn't too long before we had to leave though. I said goodbye to Ryker, but this time for only 4 days as we will be in DC for arrival!
Finally we headed to a Pirates game which was sponsored by the 2005 JOH North route! Of course immediately after we got to the stadium it started raining and they had to delay the game. We waited and ended up getting to watch two innings before we had to leave to get back by curfew. It was a lot of fun!