Holiday Fare 2011

Holiday FareDr. Jeff Guardalabene, Psy.D., a practicing clinical psychologist and writer (TriMet Diaries readers know him as Dr. Jeff!) has launched a new project: Holiday Fare – transit ticket donations.

In the Welcome post at the project blog, Dr. Jeff explains how he came up with the idea of collecting transit tickets to give away to people who need them:

A while ago, I started live-tweeting my lengthy commute on public transit, as @doctor_jeff. Through a few quirks of fate, I’ve become a bit of a transit pundit. Strange as it may sound, I have grown to love that role, and would like to use my voice to do some good.

In my travels on TriMet, I see lots of folks who aren’t as lucky as me. I’ve got a subsidized annual pass, a full time job, and a car if I need to get somewhere in a hurry. Lots of the people I share a ride with have none of those things. While a transit fare is not that big a deal to me, for some people it’s the difference between getting to the job site (or high school!) or just having to stay home.

It’s obviously a huge problem, and I’m not going to pretend that I’ll be able to make much of a dent. I’d like to do SOMETHING, though. So, here’s the deal. I’d like to collect books of transit tickets and distribute them. The distribution part should be easy – I have connections with SUN schools and should have no problem getting the tickets into the hands of people who need them.

I think it’s a fantastic public-spirited idea. If you think so too, consider making a donation.

The first ten books of tickets will be donated to Yolanda House, a domestic violence shelter.

If you have an idea for the next ten books of tickets, contact Dr. Jeff (drjeff@gmail.com)!

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