“Spending our time together as a family really set in as I looked up and saw our Verb family also there with us."
"Giving time is so much more valuable than giving anything else. There's a true validation in coming together and getting the work done. It's seen, felt, and heard in every 'Thank You'."
Thanksgiving Day and gratitude seem to go together too well when the fourth Thursday of November rolls around. Like good dinner sides paired with a flavorful turkey, the whole day is just filled with good energy and valuable memories.
But for this year, the memories will last a little longer because not only did we spend it with our own families, we spent several hours on our handing out food and water to those individuals and families in need.
Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, has been known for many years as an area of town that many people without a home gather to. The streets are filled with tent after tent, and the walking pace alone can insinuate that many people that are here have been, and will be, hunkered down for a longtime.
Although we all were a little tired, we realize that giving time is so much more valuable than giving anything else. There's a true validation in coming together and getting the work done. It's seen, felt, and heard in every 'Thank You'. We were thankful for each other as well. Spending our time together as a family really set in as I looked up and saw our Verb family also there with us.
We obviously didn’t spend our time taking pictures while handing out food. We wanted to be efficient with our time and also be safe as we mobilized through downtown. Although it was heartbreaking to see a mother and her children reserving their palette on the sidewalk, or just the nature of exhaustion in most people, it was comforting to see that we were not the only group there wanting to aid and make a difference. Most of ones in need were wearing masks, and as far as we could see, everyone had a pleasant attitude.
We are all in this together and blessed to have the notion in our heart to give a little something.
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“I've been taught my whole life how important it is to see and hear people from their history - their roots. When you get down to the origin, it's not too difficult see that we are all in this together.”