“Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor, — all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked, — who is good? not that men are ignorant, — what is Truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.”
- W.E.B. DuBois
Yesterday was a particularly quiet day in many respects, but that was primarily due to the fact that Friday was the first of the month, and many of our friends received what little assistance they do get, in the form of SSI checks or food stamps, etc. Many choose to get a room for a day or two, to not only get out of the elements for a bit, but to also shower and enjoy a nice warm bed. As wonderful as that is for many, it’s not true for them all. It really allows us to loosely gage the severity of some situations versus others, and merely on face value and admitted speculation, in some cases. Well yesterday was one for the books. Filled with both highs and lows. For instance, at our first stop we saw people using their new umbrellas, that we’ve been handing out for the last 3 Saturdays, to help keep our friends dry and shielded from the rain. And it was a heartwarming sight to see, to say the least! However, we also heard a lot of stories about how umbrellas were stolen, or lost, and even given away. Now this is where we found ourselves in a very precarious situation. We know it’s not our place to figure out if there is truth to every story of theft, but it was apparent that every story was certainly not true. When we handed out the umbrellas, we were very clear in letting our friends know that the umbrellas were theirs to do with what they pleased, so we knew that some would be sold or bartered, for money or whatever. Knowing that made us fully prepared to say, “No” (in most cases😉) when people said that they needed a new one for whatever reason. In one case, a gentleman told me that he needed another umbrella, because he gave his away to a friend. My response to his request was as follows, “That’s awesome brother, that you would do that for your friend, but as great as that was, it was a sacrifice you chose to make. You knew that you wouldn’t have an umbrella for yourself to deal with the rain, but you unselfishly gave it your friend, so I have to respectfully say “no”, because there are many people still in need of an umbrella, that we have yet to meet or who are program participants that have yet to receive theirs.” He flashed a wry grin, but he shook my hand and said “Thank you” anyway. Without being contentious, we both understood the what’s and the why’s, and that was that. A second man said that a man we know has been in rehab for the past 2 weeks, was watching his umbrella for him last Saturday, while he went to the store, and when he returned, the man and the umbrella were gone. But again, we were careful with our words, but ultimately it was the same result as the other gentleman. The first rule of positive change is accountability, and that’s a personal choice. As I like to say, “Grown folks are gonna be grown!” Anyway, we were able to help many people and share our message of hope, love, and mostly perseverance! I’d like to believe it resonating more and more each week!!
In closing, we have started collecting pertinent data, which we hope will help us to better serve and be better prepared for our weekly runs. So with that said, always to tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t! Always remember to be kind to others! Be thankful for what you have, and not bitter for what you don’t. Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 11,100 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!!
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“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”
— Malcolm X
Well it was another wonderful day of service in the city of Vallejo! We wanted to go out with purpose and a message. The purpose being to help and empower, and the message being one of personal growth through change and accountability. Now in theory, it’s a beautiful concept, however in actuality, it is eventually solely up to the individual to change. Change starts from within, because it’ starts with a thought that one must first put into action. Change requires desire and faith, which are qualities that many of our friends possess. We let our friends know that we have faith in them, because we believe in them. But desire and faith are just words, without being followed by action. It’s that simple. Anyway, on to today’s update. Immediately, we saw an increase in the numbers of people we encountered, including children. Our whole team went out to provide lunches, umbrellas, toiletries, hot coffee and cocoa, and much more. In addition, we provided our friends with information about a dental event to be held in Vallejo on March 8 & 9. With our team being at full capacity, I was actually able to spend more time talking more candidly with people on a more one on one basis. It’s was really a great day to be of service, but when is it ever a bad one? 🤔 We also gathered some very good demographic stats pertaining to the gender make up of today’s recipients, numbers of people served, locations visited, so on and so forth. We will continue to collect valuable data to help us better refine our services, and ensure that we are providing what we can, in the best way possible. We have lots of ideas in the works, and we will update y’all with news as it happens. In closing, I always say that “If you judge a book by its cover, you may very well miss out on a very good story!! “❤️🖤💚💛
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. This principle is, contempt prior to examination.”
With that said, always remember to tell the ones you love that you love them, before you can’t. Remember to be kind to others! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!!✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, and supporters! To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,950 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!
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Well how many ways can you say “AWESOME”? I’ve had many wonderful moments in my life, and this one has to rank amongst one of the best! This evening we, my wife and I, were finally able to meet our guitar recipient, Donovan Davidson, and his father. It was a brief exchange, yet it will hopefully leave a lasting impression on this impressive young man. Now I don’t know him, as we just met this evening, however he presented himself with a certain humility that one can only hope to see in all of us, all of the time. Seeing as it had been months in the making, the actual gifting of this donated guitar was priceless to say the least. We hope that it will inspire him to continue practice, play, and perfect his craft, but also to continue to share that gift with others through play or instruction. So join us please in congratulating Donovan Davidson, our first and hopefully not last recipient of some of the wonderful items that we are sometimes blessed to receive from wonderful members of our community. Special thanks to my friend Sherman for the wonderful donation itself, and to both Vanessa Vaughn and Denise Hunter for their guidance and support. Most of all. thank you Donovan Davidson for making such wonderful impressions on the people around you, and for choosing to share your talents with us all! May you have much success in all that you choose to do in life! So as always, remember to tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t. Always remember to be kind to others. Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. If you have unused instruments or like items that are just collecting dust in your attics or basements, we encourage to refurbish them and donate them to your local schools or music programs in your areas, or even to another wonderful young person with a gift and a goal, just like Donovan! We owe it to our youth to provide them with hope and opportunity, whenever we are given the chance! 💯 👊🏾
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What another beautiful day in the Bay Area!! ❤️🖤💚💛 It’s not a widely known fact, but we often take family packages out to some of our friends. We try to help the homeless, and the working families who are making every dollar count. The family packages are in lieu of the membership and participation in the Sack Lunch Program, however whenever we have extra lunches, we include them in the family packages themselves. Today we will be delivering 2 packages. They are put together based on circumstances, and needs. So no 2 packages are really ever the same, however there are certain staples in each, suck as bread and sandwich making items. From that point, and based on need, we then build the packages. For example, one packages has toiletries in addition to food items, and it’s for our family that is actually without an actual standard residence. In contrast, for our other family, which is a young mother and her daughter, we provide just food. She uses our services less frequently, because she works. Therefore, this time food is the main focus. Anyway, that’s the long and short of it. We are capable of doing 4 family packages a week, and our often faced with having to prioritize. Eventually, we would like to help 10 families on a monthly basis, and 5 on a weekly basis. Those 5 will usually be our friends who live out in the streets, and the 10 would be low income families that could just use a little extra relief. Well we hope that helps give some insight into other aspects of our organization, and we will certainly keep you updated on the progress of our Family Package Program! So with that said Peace, and May God continue to Bless UsAll!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
We hope you’re all well, and having a wonderfully blessed day! I hope you take a few minutes to read this post in its entirety. In my line of work, bartending, I’m blessed to meet all kinds of people, from every corner of the world, especially since I work in San Francisco! However, as great as that is, the connection I, no we, my wife, our team members, and myself make with the beautiful, yet embattled souls we serve every week in Vallejo, is far superior indeed. Even though it can be a trying endeavor at times, the rewards of trying to help those in need, far outweigh any negative incidents that might occur, from time to time. Today was a considerably magnificent day, because it was the culmination of so many great things that occurred during the week. Please allow me to share!
Last Saturday while we were out doing the Sack Lunch Program, our friend David contacted us to inform us the he was dropping of a donation of socks, and that they would be left on our front porch. As we returned home, we collected the socks, and we made a decision to make sure we would give everyone we encountered, a nice dry pair of socks and a disposable poncho for the run today. Shortly thereafter, I received a message from a friend in Texas named Paul, who said he felt inspired by us, so he was sending another donation socks to us, and that we could pick them up this week from a local market, so we chose to pick them up on Wednesday. Well Wednesday had rolled around and it was a particularly rainy day, so much so that my feet were soaking wet, along with my shoes, socks, and everything else I had on. You see, I didn’t have my umbrella, and I immediately thought of the miserable conditions our friends were being forced to contend with. Well wouldn’t you know that another angel emerged the very next day, with an amazing offer to donate umbrellas to us. After working out the details, my wife made the trip to Fairfield to retrieve the umbrellas. Much to her surprise, and eventually mine, the umbrellas turned out to be really nice, and not the small travel kind that we were expecting! Thanks Gurinder, because just like Paul and David, you came thru in the clutch, as do all of our donors. What makes this all so special, is the fact that Wednesday I was prepared to go to work to earn the money for the disposal ponchos, but the weather caused a power outage, and we were forced to close. We were suddenly faced with a budget issue, and just like that, we weren’t. Call it a miracle, or karma, in the end, we all know what’s up! 😇🙏🏾😉 The best part of it all, was seeing our friends faces, knowing that in addition to the socks, they were getting an umbrella that was very needed, but just as important, it was nice and it was new! Believe me when I say it does wonders for the psyche. We know that it’s not the best case scenario when combating the rain, but it’s hopefully not as bad as it was! 🙏🏾🤞🏾 Anyway, the rain pretty much held off til we were done with the Sack Lunch Program today, which is just another thing we will add to the gratitude column!! ❤️ It is truly a blessing to be able to work with others, to help others, and all you need is one sip of that koolaid, and I guarantee you, it’s a wrap!! 😉
In closing, we hope your evening is filled making memorable moments, and not just memories. Enjoy what you have with who you love, while you have time to do so. We’re all just one bad break, or poor choice from hard times, just ask our friends!! With that said, always remember to be kind to others, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,850 meals, including sack lunches, hot homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!! 😌
We also want to thank all of our awesome donors, past, present, and future! We know we can’t do this without the support of others. As we like to say, liking us is lovely, but “sharing is caring”, so please help us spread the word!! 🙏🏾🤞🏾🤗
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We hope this day has found y’all doing well, or at least as well as can be expected. I truly hope you will read this post in its entirety. Admittedly, we usually give an update on our Sack Lunch Program the same day, however yesterday I had a crisis of conscience. So speaking only for myself, I started to have some doubts about our mission. I began to wonder if we have reached a point at which empathy has turned into enabling. I only say this, because we frequently encounter people who tend to forget or act as if they are the only ones in need, and instead of asking for what they need, they ask for what they see. For example, we take out clothing, and we try to spread the love to everyone on our route. We started our Family and Friends Program to address this very issue, because it allows us to track what we disburse, to who we disbursed it to, and when. So basically, I know if we’ve given you a jacket, and knowing this allows us to prioritize distribution of certain items more evenly. Basically, we can’t give the same person a jacket 2 weeks in a row, regardless of the reason, if there’s someone right there who we know has yet to receive one. It’s not perfect, but I hope you get the point. In addition, we are trying to ensure that we give everyone we encounter a lunch, and for the participants in the Family & Friends Program, we have extra sandwiches, waters, and snacks items available, if they want more. We do this to discourage people from feeling the need to be deceitful, just because they want more food. “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed.” We’re not here to say “No”, but that doesn’t guarantee an automatic “Yes” to every request. Well yesterday was especially trying from the beginning, because it’s cold and it’s just damn near impossible to tell people “No” in the rain and cold. So I am learning, and it’s a continuous education to say the least, but I also realize you have to weigh the negatives with the positives. Well while we were at the library, an early stop in our run, I saw Mike again, and his presence reminded me of why we deal with the extra issues. You see Mike is a veteran, and if anything, there shouldn’t be any homeless veterans or children for so many reasons. When I saw Mike, who is a program participant, I offered him everything including his Blessing Bag( toiletries bag), he was thankful and said as much. But here’s the kicker, MIKE the HOMELESS VETERAN 🇺🇸reached in his bag, grabbed his Blessing Bag and handed it back to me. He said he had been blessed with toiletries, and that it needed to go to someone who needed it more. He then shook my hand and thanked me for my work. ”WOW!!” I immediately said, “I can only do what I do, because veterans such as yourself have fought and served to protect our freedoms to choose. I chose to do this Mike, it’s in my heart.” Then he gave me a hug!! A moment worthy of joyful tears. Just beautiful and reaffirming!! ❤️✊🏾✊🏼✊🏻🇺🇸 Mike, and others like Mike are why we will continue to work with everyone, including our friends who haven’t really grasped the idea that, we are gonna keep coming back every week, with the hopes of doing more and more to help them pull out of their circumstances, and eventually doing so on a daily basis. Facility one day!!🤞🏾So thanks Mike, because I spent all night figuring out how to get better at what we’re trying to accomplish, and you’ve shown me the value of staying the course!! We love all of our friends, and sometimes we must love them in spite of themselves, because that’s how my family loved and supported me in my time of personal peril, and you see where it’s gotten me!! ❤️🖤💚💛 Always give out, before you give up, especially if it’s family!! 🤗 So with that said, if you know what you’re doing is right, because it feels right, don’t lose faith, stay the course, and at some point you too will meet your metaphorical Mike and get your positive reaffirmation. When you do, you’ll know it, but what you do from that point on, is entirely up to you. As for me, rather us, we’ll see y’all in the streets next week “My Friends!” 😉
Well that’s all for now. I hope you all have a wonderful day with your families and friends. Please keep in mind that the homeless situation is bad and getting worse. We promise to do what we can, and we are ever mindful of not making a bad situation worse. Just know that it should never be acceptable to have Veterans being homeless, period. If there are any issues, from financial to mental, even criminal in some cases, they should all be addressed, because that’s who we are as a nation. And since we’re not doing our best, we need to step up our game to meet the challenge. Let’s stand up for our veterans who have laid the lives on the line for us back here at home. It’s the right thing to do, because it’s the only thing to do! So Peace , and May God continue to Bless Us All!!✌🏾🙏🏾
“HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!”
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,730 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!! Thanks to all of our donors, volunteers, and supporters! We will continue to do what we can as long as we can, but we need your support. At the very least, we ask that you help us spread our message of love and kindness. Like we say, “Liking us is lovely, but sharing is caring, so help us spread the word!”🙏🏾🤞🏾
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“I love you more!” That’s what this gentleman told me after I told him, “I love you brother!!”, and as we gave him the last lunch. You couldn’t ask for anything more! As we set out today under the threat of rain, we weren’t too sure about how many people we would encounter, because in addition to the weather, it’s also the beginning of the month. However, we saw a lot of familiar faces and many new ones. This has been a trend as of late, with regards to the many new faces. Thankfully, the weather never got worse than a drizzle, and the entire operation went smoothly enough to finish in a mere 2 hours. (Usually it’s at least 3 1/2-4) Some of our old friends spoke of donating, and one, our friend Vic, actually did donate $10!! 🤗 Furthermore, we also got to check in with our friend Bryce, for whom we were able to help get a bike, due to the financial generosity of our donors. All in all, it was a great day of giving and receiving love!! ❤️🖤💚💛 A tribute to the concept I’ve dubbed the “Art of Reciprocity”. We hope that today is a wonderful day for not only our friends, but for you as well, because we have right here and right now to make significant changes or even efforts to make changes, because tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. Cherish the moment while you can!! Well other than that, unfortunately one of our signs came up missing, and I’m thinking it blew off! 🙄 So if you happen upon a big MLK HUMANITY PROJECT sign, please contact us and we will be more than happy to come retrieve it from you. If not, oh well, it’s a small to price to pay in the big scheme of things!! So on that note, please remember to tell the ones you love that you love them, before you can’t! Always try to be kind to others!! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,610 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area! It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!! ❤️
P.S.S. As always thank you to all of our donors, both past and present. We are always accepting the generosity it takes to keep us doing what we do. So remember that liking us is lovely, but sharing is caring, so please help us spread the word.🤞🏾You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram!😉
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We will be announcing the name of a very special young person, by all accounts, to whom we will be gifting a donated, re-tuned and restrung, electric Yamaha guitar. In addition we will be providing a new starter amplifier and cable! Post-2/1/2019
Well it’s been a long time coming, but the moment has finally arrived for us to announce the recipient of this wonderful electric Yamaha guitar and amp. It has been a collaborative effort in every way, from receiving the guitar and getting it up to snuff, to actually finding someone to gift it to. Well in the end, one name came up more than a few times, so that’s who we ultimately decided to go with. So with that being said, it’s our distinct pleasure to announce that DONOVAN DAVIDSON of Vallejo, this guitar is yours, if you should so choose to accept it. We about love for guitars, his eagerness to not only practice every chance he has gets, and most importantly his willingness to teach others how to play. Above all else, it was his desire to help others grow, that made this decision an easy one. So to the parents of DONOVAN DAVIDSON and of course the young man himself, please contact us and we will work out the details of the exchange. (The when and where) We are also asking the Vallejo community that if you know of Donovan and his parents, please let he and them know that we have this guitar for him, as we have never met him before. This is totally being done sight unseen, based on the character references provided by very credible individuals who work tirelessly to help keep our youth moving forward in a positive and productive manner! So once again, if you know of and can reach DONOVAN DAVIDSON, please let him and his parents/guardian know that we would like to meet them and gift him this guitar! To say the least, we are super excited to see this through!! 🤗Other than that, have a wonderful day, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. If you have old instruments or things of that nature that are not being utilized by you, such as this guitar, we urge you to donate it to someone or an entity that can get as much joy out of it as you did. Pay it forward, and watch the positive karma come back to you tenfold!! ❤️🖤💚💛
P.S.S. Should we not hear from Donovan by this time next week, we do have another individual in mind, and will make that announcement if necessary. 🤞🏾
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Well it was quite the day. Plenty of our MLK Family & Friends Program participants are starting to buy into the program, even as we are still in the process of tweaking it, as well as learning things on the fly. The whole point of the actual MLK Humanity Project is to empower others to empower themselves. By being completely open and honest about my life, poor choices and all, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to deal with our friends on a one on one basis, should they so choose to want to speak on their situation. It’s a very sobering reality to be in a position in my life to be the one to offer counsel to those that I seek it from someone who’s been there and done that. In this case with that someone being myself! Case in point, today we ran across our friend Jerry, and for the first time, he told us he was ready to get help. Now I’m gonna leave it at that, because he and I have agreed to meet up tomorrow to determine what’s the best course of action. I will most certainly keep y’all posted on what we decide, because we will certainly be turning to y’all for advice, and hopefully support!! Jerry is one of 2 such meetings I’m having tomorrow, and that’s the beautiful thing about this project, because it allows us to form true relationships with people who might otherwise not open up to strangers per say. To be very honest, I’m thrilled to know that after knowing of Jerry for over 16 months, we are finally getting to know Jerry, and that’s saying a lot. (If you know Jerry! 🤗) This will hopefully lead to great things for Jerry, as well as our friend Eric, as they turn the page in their books of life, to new and more promising chapters!! ❤️🤞🏾
Other than amazing day of fellowship and community outreach, we just we really met a lot of pets today!! Go figure! Our love is unconditional and all encompassing. We love life, and that includes our four legged friends!! (Even spiders!!🥺8 legs!🥺🙄) A life is a life, and all life has value!! Too much maybe, but it’s how I roll!! ✊🏾✌🏾&❤️So with that, we are off to do the grunt work, shopping, and we will see y’all next week in the streets of Vallejo!! So please enjoy the rest of your weekend! Tell the ones you love that you love them, before you can’t!! Always remember to be kind to others! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,510 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who no longer can!! ❤️🖤💚💛
P.S.S. We want to thank the many people who do what they do to support us. From the donors to the volunteers!! It’s all for naught without the support that you provide us. We certainly appreciate all of kind words as well. However, we like to say that liking us is lovely, but sharing is caring!! So please help us spread the word. If you want to help and are unable to donate, then donate your good karma and share our message with those who you feel are likeminded individuals!l Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well!! Thank you!!!👍🏾
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I used to believe in good and bad luck, but not anymore. The word I think that’s most appropriate for what is termed as luck, is “Karma”! Things don’t always go well, just ask our friends, however, as I’ve grown to know the calming beauty of embracing inner peace, I know that your attitude, more often than not, is your latitude. No matter how bad it seems, if you delve into a negative frame of mind, you will eventually find yourself inundated with negative thoughts. Now thoughts lead to actions, and if they’re negative, one can only surmise that the results of negative actions are negative consequences. I can only use myself as an example, but when I decided to change my thinking, I inevitably decided to change my situation, and therefore my life. I would be lying if I said I weren’t two missed paychecks from being in a bad way, however I don’t focus on that. I focus on pushing it to 3 checks, then 4, then 5, and you probably get where this is going. The point we stress to our friends is that just because your situation is what it is now, doesn’t mean it has to be that way a year, a month, a week, or even a minute from now, because the minute you change your thinking, you change your life course. For example, today I met a guy who has been struggling with his addiction to alcohol. Immediately I felt sincere empathy for him, but not pity. I told him point blank, that I had my own struggles with alcohol for a myriad of reasons, and my drinking was the source of many problems, both legal and personal. Now no judge, no friends, and not even family members could convince me to change. I changed when I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. So I told the gentleman as much. Change, true change can only come from within, and as hard as it may be, he must stop making excuses and start making changes. It’s that simple. Sensing that he really needed to talk, I told him that unfortunately I had to go. We had to finish our program, but that if he wanted, we could talk over breakfast tomorrow. He accepted, and it’s my hope that he’s where we agreed to meet tomorrow morning at 10!🤞🏾 If not, I hope he really understands, as we all should, that no one person is better than the next. However, as individuals we must ask ourselves are we better than our situation, and if your answer to yourself is “yes”, then it is incumbent upon you the individual to change it. If you love you, then others will follow your lead!! ❤️🖤💚💛 With that said, we hope you have a wonderful day, and encourage you to treat yourselves and others well. And remember, it cost nothing to simply be kind, and a smile goes a long way!! On that note, Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!!✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,370 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can!! ❤️🖤💚💛
P.S.S. Thank you to all of our donors. We were blessed by a few new and some return donors this week, and it was all right on time. We are always looking for support, however we will always do what we can, with whatever we have!! If you like us, it’s lovely, however, sharing is caring, so help us spread the word!! 🤗 We encourage you to follow us on Instagram and visit our website.
“SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!”🙏🏾
Well the first day of the MLK Family and Friends Program is officially a done deal! To put it modestly, it was a success. We provided 100 sack lunches, and toiletries to everyone we encountered, but most importantly, we were able to implement a system which dealt with the disbursement of specific goods based on need, but also participation in a program designed to help one help oneself. It also allows us to learn more about our friends strengths and deficiencies, and most importantly, it allows us to learn their names, and build relationships. Seeing how smoothly things were going, without hesitation we had more people sign up for participation in the program next month already. To join the program, you must sign up the month before you begin to participate, which in turn allows us to get and maintain an accurate count by which we plan our entire run, with regards to how much product to prepare and take out. We are still in the early developmental stages of it, so I won’t go to far into detail, since change is inevitable. Other than that bit of news, it was also a very cold day, and it’s getting colder. We are officially out of blankets, as my wife and I had to go back out to give what few blankets we had left, including one of our comforters that was doing no one any good just sitting folded in the closet. With all that’s going on around us, like fires, and unnecessary Government Shutdowns, people are either finding themselves homeless, or on the brink of it, so don’t think you’re exempt from a bad turn. That’s why we think it’s important to help those who are just in a bad way, be it from self inflicted wounds, or the nefarious acts of others. Whatever the reason, we don’t judge. Our only requirement is that you are in need and want some help. For that reason, amongst many, it’s our mission to provide more services as we grow, but it’s a slow process, and one that takes due diligence, proper planning, and purposeful application. It’s my true belief that whatever community you live in, you should do your part to make it better, and do your part to build a sense of unity. It’s the only way to have a loving and thriving community. But hey I’m no Dr. Phil, it’s just my heartfelt opinion, and nothing more, but certainly nothing less. I know that as a race, not black, not white, not anything, just the Human Race, we are better than what we’re choosing to be. 🤔 Just a thought, so I hope you make the personal choice to get in the game of brotherly love!! ❤️🖤💚💛 So that said, have a great evening doing what makes you happy. Tell the ones you love that you love them. Always remember to be kind to others. And oh yeh, Peace and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌🏾🙏🏾
P. S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,250 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to help those who want to help themselves, and those who unfortunately no longer can. So See you in the streets next Saturday Vallejo!!
P.S.S. Special thanks to all of our wonderful donors, volunteers, and supporters, past present, and future. The MLK Humanity Project is a true grassroots organization , and without the support of others, none of this would be happening. So again, “Thank you!!”🤗 As always, likening us is lovely, but sharing is caring, so help us spread the word!! We aren’t shy about asking for help, so in addition to asking for your help to spread the word!!
Always fight the power and vote!! ✊🏾✊🏼✊🏻
Well we made it just in the nick of time!! The rain held off long enough for us to pass out 100 sack lunches today, amongst other things, to our friends in need in the wonderful city of Vallejo!! That’s right, wonderful!!! As always, it was a beautiful experience, and there was plenty of need, however I was personally blessed to see so many people that I honestly thought were gone, and that’s not always gone in a good way. Though it is bittersweet to still see them struggling, it’s always nice to know that people are at least still alive and kicking, and still hanging in there. For instance, one of our friends had been out of pocket for months, and we were worried about him, just for him to tell me that he’s been busy working at his new job all this time!! Right on!! 👍🏾 All in all, for such a seemingly gloomy day, you couldn’t miss the light that was ever present, and you can interpret that any way you’d like! Today reminded me that what we do really does matter to the ones we help, and that’s enough for me. I won’t be long winded today, because it’s off to work for me. So with that said, have a wonderful rest of your day. Tell the ones you love that you love them before you can’t! Always remember to be kind to others!! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!! ✌See you in the streets next week Vallejo!!
P.S. To date the MLK Humanity Project has served 10,130 sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages throughout the Vallejo area. It is our profound commitment to continue to empower others to empower themselves!! ❤️🖤💚💛
P.S.S. We want to start the new year by acknowledging and thanking everyone who has helped, contributed, supported, and donated to our effort. Your collective contributions are greatly appreciated, and we thank you all tremendously!! We are also working on new website, so we encourage you to visit it and hopefully interact!!
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“SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!”🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Well it’s been an amazing adventure this past year, and what fitting end to it for our project. On a whim, we took a quick vote Saturday morning before our sack lunch program run, and decided that we would go out with oatmeal breakfasts and hot cocoa today, in addition to blankets and other extras. Now this was a multifaceted decision. First, we wanted to do something just because it would be nice on a cold day! Surprising our friends with a hot breakfast, along with fruit, waters, and most importantly hot cocoa, was a well received gesture by our friends. 😝 In addition to just being an act of kindness, it was also the fulfillment of a project goal. Initially, the idea of the project was to see where this would lead us, and by mid January of this year, we reached a total 1000+ meals, including sack lunches, homemade meals, hot and cold cereal breakfasts, and family packages all served throughout the Vallejo area. Well after that, we decided to see if we could reach 10,000 meals, and if so when? Well it’s my bittersweet honor to say that we reached that goal, and today loaded up with 95 hot oatmeal breakfasts, we surpassed 10,000 meals served, bringing our grand total to 10,030 meals served throughout the Vallejo area. (We lost to oatmeal cups due to damage during transport 😐) We are determined to help those who want to help themselves, and those who no longer can!! Now that we know we can do it, it’s time to look towards 2019!! We will be taking a break to recoup, regroup, and get everything ready for our new program, starting Saturday 1/5/2019!! We have signed up 117 people, and we can’t wait to get it started. We will provide more in depth details, including the name of our program, next year prior to it’s official launch in a post on 1/3/2019!! 👍🏾
Now for a feel good moment. People often wonder what we do, or what’s the point. Well I’ll give you an example of the power of relationship building. Saturday while we were out serving sack lunches, we met a young Native American man at the library, who we will call “Vern”. Well as he accepted our offer of lunch and toiletries, he began to speak with one of our wonderful team members and awesome secretary, Melissa, who also happens to be Native American. Long story short, he found himself not working, and alone, having been abandoned by his partner. Now we will always try to reach out on behalf others , by trying to connect people with resources, we might otherwise not have. So it’s our pleasure to say that, thanks to Melissa taking the mantle on this one, that young man, “Vern”, is on a bus heading back home this very minute! “Thank you, secret Santa!!” 🙏🏾 That’s why it’s important for groups to work together, just ask “Vern”! The day will come when we won’t have to outsource that type of help, but thank God for the groups that can and are doing it right now! So that’s just some of what our organization tries to do, and will continue to whenever possible!! ✊🏾✊🏼✊🏻
Anyway FB FAM, it’s been a wonderful year of service, and we couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of growing better and stronger, all with the goal of “EMPOWERING OTHERS TO EMPOWER THEMSELVES!!” See you all on January 5, 2019 in the streets of Vallejo, but until then we urge you to do the following things. Don’t forget to tell the ones you love that you love them, before you can’t! Always remember to be kind to others!! Know your value!!! Peace, and May God continue to Bless Us All!!✌🏾🙏🏾
P.S. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MERRY XMAS, & HAPPY NEW YEARS!!! Thank you to everyone who helped us get through 2018!! We look forward to working together in 2019!! See y’all next year!!❤️💚🖤💛
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“SOMETIMES GOD BLESSES OTHERS THROUGH US!!” 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Always fight the power and vote!! ✊🏾✊🏼✊🏻🇺🇸