I remember when Halloween was my favorite festival, full of sweet memories, but I am not that two year old toddler in a pirate costume anymore. Now I celebrate Halloween more as the start of the holiday season. However for those on the street, Halloween marks the start of winter and surviving the cold. As school approaches the end of semester, WeCare members all have a fully packed schedule, but we couldn’t forget those people we had served for the past year. We worried about where they stayed in the heavy rain last week, and how they could withstand the harsh weather. A few weeks ago, we began collecting blankets, jackets, backpacks, and other living necessities.
My dad and I went to the usual place early this morning to deliver what we had collected, and we were happy to see many familiar faces. They were very grateful for the new fleece jackets and put them on immediately, like the gentleman in the picture. This gentleman had such a thin figure, I could only imagine how difficult his life has been. We also brought candy bags for them to enjoy some festivity with the rest of us. We hope they can feel the warmth in the cold, taste the sweet in the bitter, see the light in the dark. We thank every helping hand from our community for their generosity and kindness.
— Felix Zhou, Halloween 2021
In the cool morning of Independence day, we drove to the usual place with special Independence Day cookies made by our lovely Ann.
We met Trina, a pretty and warm lady, who came for the first time and appreciated the food and clothes from us. I was really touched when she gave us some brand new socks that didn't fit her, one of her very few belongings, and told us to give them to people who may need them. She gladly took a picture with us and warmly hugged us. It may be against pandemic health guidelines, but in the moment, we forgot about those. Ron, an always smiling gentleman, joined us for the picture too.
It is bitter-sweet to see people be so optimistic during such difficult times. I kept asking myself what I would feel in the same situation. No matter how harsh life was, they smiled back and were grateful for little things we did for them. We wish both of them the best and hope they find a home soon!
— Felix Zhou, Independence Day 2021
The trip to San Francisco today was truly a new experience. I really found the whole thing to be a great use of my time, and would not have done anything differently. The whole operation was executed perfectly by the hosts. We arrived, set everything up, and finished serving within 30 minutes. While serving to the homeless, I noticed a lot of things. First, they were all really grateful and didn’t take us for granted. Many had fallen under tough circumstances, especially with the current pandemic, so doing what we could to support the less fortunate really made me feel good about myself and my actions. Additionally, being there firsthand really opened my eyes to the stigmas those who are homeless face. I saw their worn clothing, roughly combed hair, and tattered belongings, yet they made do. Their perseverance and optimism towards the future inspired me to think the same way. These homeless people never once complained about their circumstances, and appreciated us for coming. Whilst serving food, I overheard a man, maybe in his late-40s, exclaim to himself at the sight of clothes being offered to them. I saw how much his face lit up when he saw clothes that he wanted, which were of course, brand new. As he was walking away from us, thankful as ever, I overheard him mutter to himself, “I can finally get rid of my old hand-me-downs.” This single sentence flipped my world upside down. How could someone in such terrible circumstances be so optimistic about a few new clothes? Just how much of an impact are we making by going to San Francisco for a few minutes to serve them some warm food? Those are all questions I’d like answered, and as such, I hope to be able to participate again in the future. I would like to sincerely thank the hosts for taking me on this trip as it really opened my eyes to current issues people are facing.
— Kyle Wu, Fathers Day 2021
Andrew, a Native American who came to California from Arizona to be a construction worker. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with cancer, and had to take a continuous 18 hour bus ride back to Arizona for treatment. He plans to come back to California and continue his career once he completes the chemotherapy and other treatments.
It warms our hearts to see the people we support overcome the challenges that life throws their way. Wish you the best and hope to see you soon Andrew!
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