Saturday Distribution: Why Do People Still Hate

The highlight of last Saturday’s Distribution was without a doubt, the poetry of Esi Grant. Esi just got out of the hospital, she had not been outside in four or five days, but her joy infected everyone around her. She was kind enough to share two of her poems with us.

After this next one, she hugged us all, and left. Leaving behind her inspiration and her joy. What a great break in our distribution! She filled our hearts.

We distributed 117 chili meals and 200 waters. A HUGE thank you to our favorite teenagers, the gals from Student Advocated for Animal Rights in Edward Murrow High School for holding a vegan bake sale in their school and surprising us with a $150.00 donation! They are truly an inspiration for the future, engaged participatory comitted youth. I look forward to continuing collaboration with them in the summer, with the new club leadership next school year, and to follow the new graduates in their college careers. They are off to do greater and bigger things, but I am sure they will continue to bring light to their communities, wherever they find themselves. I could not be prouder of the Veganteers!

Surprising donation from the Student Advocates for Animal Rights
Surprising donation from the Student Advocates for Animal Rights

I want to thank the Veganteers on Saturday, Erika, Hannah, Grace, Julianna, Melissa, Tia, Christopher, Bear, Ollie, and Ivan. We couldn’t have done it without you! We brought a little relief to a Saturday afternoon!

Melissa and Tia Team ready for distribution in the vicinity of the park.
Melissa and Tia Team ready for distribution in the vicinity of the park.
Erika manages the table.
Erika manages the table.

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Distributing
Distributing
Distributing
Distributing
Distributing.
Distributing.

Esi’s poem might be titled, Why Do People Still Hate, but our Saturday Distributions are filled with nothing but love. Thank you for the love.

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Saturday Distribution: Youth Changing the World

Saturday’s distribution of 54 chilis and 77 water bottles  was coincidentally ALL about the youth, from the 5 year old donor that made this possible by forgoing birthday gifts and asking his friends and family to contribute to Chilis on Wheels, to the high school volunteers that distributed the chili, to the high school and college students that attended a Saturday conference to hear about ways to participate in the community. It is so encouraging to see young people care about others.

Saturday’s distribution was made possible by one boy and his mother from Seattle. Kabir turned 5 yesterday and in his birthday invitation card, his mother Kanika Suri Mehra asked that donations in his name instead of gifts be made to Chilis on Wheels. Thank you, Kabir and Happy Birthday! Know that you helped 54 people in need enjoy a warm vegan lunch! We are so grateful to you and your kind heart!

Happy Birthday, Kabir!
Happy Birthday, Kabir!

We had new volunteers today from the Student Advocates for Animal Rights at Edward Murrow High School. Thank you Grace, and Hannah. Thank you, Julianna for making this possible! You can read more about this wonderful student group and all the great work they do for animals, in their Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Student-Advocates-For-Animal-Rights/355142354629539?fref=photo

Yay for involved, committed, and participatory youth! You give me hope for the future!

Yesterday I participated in a panel on community involvement and participation, hosted by The Hispanic Coalition of New York to a room filled with high school and college students at the National Latino Collegiate Conference in SUNY Albany, organized by Fuerza Latina. It gives me hope to see young people, in this case young Latinos engaged and enthusiastic about helping our community and changing the world.

To be in this conference and speak to youth excited to participate and to have the Edward Morrow Students volunteer on the same day, AND to have the donations to make this possible due to one generous and kind boy turning 5 years of age gives me an incredible dose of hope. I see the tide changing, young people are realizing that they cannot sit back and watch the world go on by, young people are realizing that helping out their community is a responsibility and they are rising up to the challenge, and parents are passing on this realization to their young kids, creating a brand new generation of committed and caring change-makers.

Grace and Julianna
Grace and Julianna
Hannah and Julianna
Hannah and Julianna
Ollie made a new friend at the distribution
Ollie made a new friend at the distribution
Hannah and Grace
Hannah and Grace

 

Thank you, Ivan, Ollie, Julianna, and the Student Advocates for Animal Rights at Edward Murrow High School for taking charge of the distribution while I was away! You guys did a great job!

Next week Chilis on Wheels will have a SCHEDULE CHANGE: We will carry out our distribution on SUNDAY APRIL 19th, at Washington Square Park at 2pm. See you then!