On Sunday, January 25, 2015, Crystal, Cindy, and I volunteered to help pass out blankets to the homeless in San Francisco. The project was spearheaded by our very own MVNCI Advisor, Jessica Do, who is committed to completing service projects like this every year. This year, she started a donation drive and raised enough money to purchase ~150 blankets for the homeless! This project marks her second year of giving back to the less fortunate; the year prior, she raised money to pass out sleeping bags. Jessica’s friends Eric, Khoi, Christine, Cong, and Triet also joined in to help out that day! Upon seeing the gargantuan piles of blankets for the first time, it seemed as though we would have a long day ahead of us. We helped pack all the blankets into 2 cars and set off on our way to Glide Church, located in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.
Glide Church prepares free meals 3 times a day on 364 days of the year and serves up to 2,560 people daily. We arrived to pass out blankets to those standing in line waiting for lunch to be served. Passing out all the blankets took less time than I had initially anticipated since they were highly sought after; people were so grateful to receive them. Completing this project left me with the feeling of only having wished that we had more blankets to pass out since not everyone was able to get one. We were very glad to have the opportunity to help Jessica carry out her inspiring project, and to personally see how something as simple as a blanket can mean so much to someone who doesn’t have much. We are definitely looking forward to supporting Jessica’s next project!