Sunday LOVE was a thing of beauty (and youth!) this week. My favorite part was having two high school students and a college student in the kitchen. This is so rare. The brightest light in my life is having the ability to affect a younger generation. I believe that happened this week.
We served tuna salad sammies, fruit cups, bananas, carrots/celery, cookies, and water. I do believe those ladies churned out about 145 meals. We also served 60 egg and cheese sammies in Kensington, complements of the amazing Meghan Wright.
Thank you to our food contributors: Shannon Dougherty, Meredith Cleary, Jo Buyske, Ellyn Dvorin, Margaret Rom, Brian Foedisch, Jocelyn Craighead, Emma Hess, and Carol Pasquarello (those brownies!).
So much love to our kitchen volunteers: Gillan Conricode, Emma Hess, Maeve Ronan, Christine Wilson, and Meredith Cleary. Since we had extra help, Gillian and Emma made PBJ sammies for the next day in Kensington. Emma is already not a fan of the sammies but she has made hundreds to date, this summer. That, my friends, is a team player. I would like to mention that this was Maeve's first time with LOVE AND in Philly. Her dad, Ger, volunteers with us on the regular, driving from Massachusetts to do so. Maeve told me she wanted the whole experience, from the kitchen down to serving. She wanted to meet all of the guests we serve that her dad has told her about. This girl blew my doors off. I heard her say she was nervous just before we started the line to distribute. I believe that lasted about 2.5 seconds. She was awesome. They all were.
Thank you to our onsite volunteers: Ger and Maeve Ronan, Emma Hess, Gillian Conricode, and Joe.
Joe is currently at Hahnemann Hospital, but allowed out for two hours at a time in between treatments. I feel blessed he found his way back to us, especially given the amount of time he was given to live. He called me this week and I plan to visit him tomorrow.
A bunch of my guys had not seen the Rachael Ray piece. I thought it was a perfect time to show them since Joe was there. He was BEAMING with pride that we have taken The Project to the next level. I told him he was a huge part of that. Picture five guys huddled around one phone so they could either see themselves or just something they are a part of. It was awesome.
One of our guests sung Maeve a song, as well.
It was one of the sweeter Sundays we have had and I really feel that younger energy played a huge part of that. All three young ladies plan to be back out. I truly look forward to that. Even the ever elusive Jake made an appearance!
On to Kensington…food went fast and was well appreciated. I gave out PBJ sammies when we ran out of egg and cheese because, even though I was hoping to save them for the next day, it would have been wrong to turn someone away hungry while I had food in my car.
With the exception of the mental health break I needed yesterday, food continues to be served daily in Kensington. They definitely notice when I don't show up. I am receiving a tremendous amount of kindness and respect out there because of this commitment. But two of my people on the street today told me to pace myself. Incredible.
Thank you to all who helped make Sunday LOVE another amazing experience this week.
We haven't heard from Melvin in a bit. Melvin replaced Joe as our "once homeless but moved on up" volunteer. It's odd that he is not there now when Joe has been.
You all are amazing people and I am so grateful I get to share one day a week with you. please keep showing the LOVE and sharing the water. It is so hot. My guys in Kenzo told me a man on the Ave leaves his spigot on in the front of his house so they can refill water bottles. Kindness exists everywhere.
Thank you. xoxo