Bill Anderson, FOX 29 Reporter

The 2017 Big Sell Off

“One Guy asked ‘Why Don’t you get a job?’, Well, This is the hardest job I’ve had all week!”

 

"One Guy asked 'Why Don't you get a job?', Well This is the hardest job I've had all week!", 2017 Big Sell Off Guest Vendor Sandra Guillory explains. Sandra is the Director of Depaul USA.

“One Guy asked ‘Why Don’t you get a job?’,
Well This is the hardest job I’ve had all week!”, 2017 Big Sell Off Guest Vendor Sandra Guillory explains. Sandra is the Director of Depaul USA.

Sandra Guillory, Director of Depaul USA, continues: “I can’t believe how many people just looked through us, as though we were not there. But Slobodan just took it in stride. He has a lot of patience and strength.” Sandra was one of 15 community leaders to join us as Guest Vendors on February 16 during the 2017 Big Sell Off event. The international collaboration with 110 street papers in 35 countries raises awareness and support for the 27,000 vendors working their way out of homelessness and poverty.

“The number of people who ignored us was disheartening but the people who stopped to talk to us made the experience heartwarming.” We sincerely want to thank all of our Guest Vendors who joined us on that 30-degree day to help street awareness about street papers and the hard work our vendors do each and every day.

“It was good to see,” One Step Away vendor Brittany Lindsay begins. “It feels good to have people care to see what you go through — to take the time to be in your shoes and get a different viewpoint.”  John Benson, Senior Vice President & Client Advocate, of Willis Towers Watson, and Brittany’s Guest Vendor agrees, “seeing the experience as a vendor was eye-opening and humbling.” Although John was quick to add, “It was a very difficult job, but rewarding when someone donates and genuinely seem behind the cause.”

Thank you to all our readers, supporters, and Guest Vendors for genuinely caring and encouraging us every day. To learn more about the 2017 Big Sell Off visit: www.crowdrise.com/onestepaway.

“It was eye opening and helped highlight the stuggles of people trying to improve their lives.”

Bill Anderson, FOX 29 Reporter

Bill Anderson, a reporter for FOX29 and “For Goodness Sake” host, first became involved with One Step Away when he shadowed vendor Tammy Karuza for his segment. He said it looked harder than any jobs he has had, including when he worked in sales. On his segment, Bill challenged Philadelphians to support those working to improve their lives. He took this a step further, by joining us as a Guest Vendor, and brought his camera along for the experience. “People can be unnecessarily rude, ignoring you if they believe you’re homeless,” Bill stated, “although I probably had it better than most since people recognized me.” After hitting the streets, Bill interviewed fellow Guest Vendors and Vendors about their Big Sell Off experience.

“Today was an eye-opening experience because these are respected people in the community and today when they were out there in that vest they got treated the same way I do,” said Tammy Karuza, One Step Away vendor. You can view both videos at FOX29.com.

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