Everyone has a story. What's yours?
Linda Thomas

People behind cardboard signs begging for cash

He walks with a limp along North 105th Street in Seattle at the intersection with Aurora Avenue. He asks motorists stopped at the traffic light, "Could you help me please?" His sign says he's "severely disabled." I've seen him talk on a cell phone. He often wears Seahawks clothing. That's all I know about the man who carries a cardboard sign at the same spot every day.

Everybody has a story. What's his?

CardboardsignA Seattle filmmaker wants to discover the stories of many of the area's homeless who hold cardbord signs and beg for money. Matt Longmire is trying to fund a local documentary and photography project to tell the stories of the men and women behind the cardboard signs.

"We rarely give more than a passing glance to the signs of the homeless," says Longmire. "Our film and photography project will allow us to interview and document their stories with dignity."

Ironically, Longmire is asking for money to fund the documentary project. Instead of a cardboard sign, he has this website to collect pledges of support before the middle of July.

Do you believe the people by the side of the road are in the situation they describe? Do you give money to them? While many signs are touching, such as the "anything helps" line. I've also seen some funny ones like, "My wife ran off with best friend. Need $$$ for a thank you card."

Top Stories

  • No War on Cars
    Transportation director says 'war on cars' oversimplifies traffic in Seattle

  • Hot Seats
    With Seahawks home games 'sold out' the ticket price of this seat doesn't seem so bad

  • Microsoft's Latest
    Microsoft releases a band that monitors more than just your fitness
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
About Linda
Linda is the morning news anchor and features reporter for KIRO Radio. This is her local news blog, with an emphasis on social media, technology, Northwest companies, education, parenting, and anything else that grabs her attention.

If you have a news tip or story idea, I'd love to hear from you...

To leave a voice message for Linda about any of her stories call toll free 1-855-251-2363

Follow Me on Pinterest



Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.