(photo by my sister)
The photo above was done by my sister, Lauren, for Thanksgiving. A little modern-day Indian thanksgiving.
I’m so ecstatic for tomorrow. Not just for the food ;) But for the family and friends I will celebrate it with. I am also just happy for a break, not having to do anything, except rest and enjoy life with good people.
I hope this Thanksgiving is beautiful and restful to each of you.
From mine to yours – Happy Thanksgiving!
Today, my sister, Caitlin, showed me a facebook note a friend of mine had posted. It was inviting everyone to come out to the Transit near the Town Center Mall, bring some food, all to feed and love up on the poor there.
I’ll just keep this sweet and simple. You should join us yourself.
Come and join us on Thursday, October 28th at 6pm at the Town Center Transit Mall in downtown Charleston. Bring some food (not just some peanut butter and jelly, but something that you would REALLY like to eat if it were you we were feeding).
Also, my band, VIA, will be playing a show! Come out (with some food and love in your heart), hear us play some music for those who might not have heard music in a while, or been sung too.
Hope to see you all there!
Thanks to James Legge for being courageous and bringing people together for this.
What did I learn today.
There are 10,000 faces I did not know, that were in my town today. I think I saw more faces today passing me then I have since I was born, right here in my community.
Those who are in most need have the most giving heart. Today, my sister told me about a couple and their 3 year old son she met, and many others like them, that called for Caitlin with a one dollar bill in their hands and a little pocket change, and apologized for not being able to give more. Their car was beat up, and almost broken completely. Their faces were low and their clothes were dirty, and they looked like they had nothing. But they still handed her what they had. And with a smile on their face, a smile from their little boy, and smiles and thank you’s from them for the opportunity to give, they drove on.
Now, every time I pass a car, I wonder if I met them this day. I wonder if it was them that stopped, and thought-small, and gave. This idea, that they might be just them, has captivated me.
It is so different when you put on your own fundraiser to help you get somewhere to help others. I’ve done a fundraiser before, but not for me personally, and for something that is so dear to me – the street children in Colombia.
It is a beautiful thing I witnessed today, and I’m happy with the outcome.
Today changed my life. Thanks to all those who came out and gave their free time to help out! And thanks to all those who gave!
[I appologies for not that many photos. I was busy enough to actually remember to take photos ;) But, I've learned, sometimes, you just need to experience something yourself.]
Tomorrow at 10am until 4pm will be our first fundraiser! We’ll be selling HOT dogs, filled with chiliii and slaaawwww, ketchup, and more amazingness, as well at baked goods and CHICK-FIL-A!! We also are having a car wash.
The good old fashioned fundraiser.
It’s going to be a blast. Can’t wait to get soaked with the water hose, hand out 400 flyers with info about the Open Arms Foundation on it, and make LOADS of cash for a great cause! :)
Come out and join us, all you West Virginians, and help us reach our goal of $1000!
Hope to see you there!