“I’m Helping Health Happen.” That’s right! Today was the day we finally distributed the health-care kits! After leaving the St Vincent de Paul Village, I felt a tremendous sense of joy, knowing that we were able to successfully help 850 homeless people in San Diego county. The looks on their faces was worth all the hard-work spent over the past couple of months since July – reaching out to various companies, drafting letters, obtaining support, receiving donations, and fundraising money all for this event.
1) We drove to St Vincent de Paul Village (San Diego County) and arrived at ~10:20am, to set up and unload our boxes of our healthcare kits.Here is ONE box containing ~30 kits we assembled.
2) We walked to our final destination, excited and eager to start the day, at ~10:30am. We finished unloading our boxes at the dining hall where the homeless will be eating their lunch for the day.
3) Ever see a line containing as many as 100 people? Sounds like a line you would typically see for the Midnight Premiere of Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Star Wars, or Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.
Curious, I step outside to gaze in awe at the line waiting for their turn to eat at the St Vincent de Paul Village’s Dining Hall. At first glance, it looked like a gathering of people united for one reason… as if they were here for a celebration or a big event. On closer examination, however, it looked like a maze of people weaving in and around our particular building.
The line started at the front, and wound around the back, as if in a maze. Each person was carrying bags and bags of items. Some were in wheelchairs, carrying nothing but backpacks.
Because it’s the Winter Season, many were wearing hoods, hats, coats, and vests, in the hopes to keep themselves warm.
What was even more surprising was seeing, on occasion, a family or two grouped together, standing in line, holding backpack strollers, and a grocery bag to contain their necessities. The homeless ranged from children and adolescents/teenagers to adults and the elderly.
Seeing the amount of people gathered on a day like this was amazing, and to be able to have an impact on each person’s life really means a lot to me! To be continued…