If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram then you know that this past weekend I had a chance to visit Houston and help with the Hurricane Harvey relief. I’m so thankful that people here in the DMV continued to donate items for our Harvey drive long after two hurricane hit following Harvey. I knew that Houston needed us the the most because they got hit the hardest. Not to mention that many of Katrina survivors had relocated to Houston, getting hit for the second time, and that alone tugged on my heartstrings.
The trip in general was amazing and extremely fulfilling. We left Silver Spring at 4am on Thursday morning, stopping in Chattanooga TN, New Orleans and arriving in Houston at 3:30pm on Friday. Whew! That drive was terrifying at times because none of us have ever driven a truck that big, not to mention that it was completely full and over the weight limit. But we kept on pushing, keeping each other awake and making sure we stayed safe. We even slept at a truck stop, and I’ve watched plenty of First 48s… those aren’t the safest places.
The Bread of Life organization was who we linked up with and I can honestly say that every single person that works there are some of the nicest people I have ever met in my life. Camille and Catherine (PR team) welcomed us with open arms, even taking us around town to get some great food (The Breakfast Klub & Pappasito’s) and to see Houston first hand.
What made Bread of Life so special is that they’re always there to help, and will continue to do so long after the media is gone. As long as there’s a need, they’re there. Saturday morning we got there at 7am to volunteer and serve hot breakfast to the homeless, staying for lunch as well and to help make care packages. As fast as we were making the packages, that’s how fast they were going out. There was a non stop flow of people pulling up and asking for things that they needed.. no questions asked, they received it. It’s a very special place.
Huge thanks to every single person in DC, Maryland and Virginia that donated and helped us make this drive happen. We couldn’t have done it without you AT ALL. Whenever people ask me why it’s important to get involved in various charity efforts, to me it’s pretty self explanatory. whenever we can, we should help as many people as possible. I have crazy anxiety when I watch the news or see all of these heartbreaking headlines… it’s very personal to me. It always takes me back to the days when me and my family had nothing and the way we struggled in the refugee camps. No food, water, clothing or shelter. It always reminds me of what it’s like to “not have” the basics. I usually break down, my heart aches for anyone that’s suffering. So I pull myself together and try to figure out a way to help. In any way, big or small. And I do feel that a lot of people are just like me, we all want to contribute to our fellow man. So I just encourage everyone, please get involved, locally or nationally. Small acts of kindness go a long way