On Dec 18, I was prepared to witness sadness…maybe even despair. Instead, I saw friends, couples and families. I saw kids behaving like normal kids.
Most importantly, though, I saw gratitude and smiles.
Families applied to receive the dinner boxes from the Salvation Army. Those with fewer than seven family members received one boxed dinner; those with more than seven members received two boxes. The application also asked parents about gift ideas for each child in the family. As they picked up their boxes, volunteers also handed them a black sack with one toy per child. As you’ll see in an image below, one child was receiving a Spider Man that is likely taller than they are. As the volunteer packed it up, several of us commented on how excited and surprised that kid will be on Christmas morning.
Thanks to the great peeps at United Way for connecting the Salvation Army staff and I for this documentary project.