Saturday, July 9
We did a team-building activity this week before serving AKA wrangled the big tent into place to keep folks dry. We had a big turnout of both volunteers and guests despite the weather. Many guests particularly thanked us for showing up despite the rain. I was reminded once again of how important it is to just. show. up. Doesn't have to be perfect. Don't have to feed the whole neighborhood. Just keep showing up. And thanks to all of our amazing volunteers, we did show up, as we have been every Saturday for the last two years.
We gave away 106 pairs of new socks from our stash of 1,000 collected during our spring sock drive. Clean, dry socks are a true gift on a wet day. One guest showed me that he was only wearing one sock as he thanked me for the fresh pair. He then joked with me that he'd always have an odd number of socks no matter how many pairs we gave him. This particular blend of vulnerability and trust and hope and humor seems to come up in my conversations with folks every week. And this is what keeps me coming back - that feeling of my heart both filling up and breaking open at the same time. It doesn't get any more human-to-human than that.
Stats: 87 tuna salad sandwiches, 76 turkey and cheese, 16 pb&j, a case of bananas, 8 bags of clementines, so many waters and snacks, 400 masks, and 106 clean, dry socks.