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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Spreading Good Cheers!

Watching the heavy downpour and strong wind lashing at the trees in my backyard while cozying up to enjoy a banana flan and a cup of hot tea somehow triggered a picture of the homeless waiting in a long line at Friendship Park outside of Loaves and Fishes to receive breakfast. 

2015 was an amazing year. While we were reaching out and providing essential needs to the less fortunate in Vietnam, we also didn't forget to help those nearest us. In October and November, we had the opportunity to serve breakfast twice to over 250 homeless people at Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento and also delivered over $700 worth of brand new rain boots to the homeless children at Mustard Seed school. It was heartwarming to see how happy they were as they expressed gratitude for this unexpected bounty from unknown hands. 

THANK YOU ALL for being a part of this.

rain boots to the homeless children at Mustard Seed school

serving breakfast to the homeless at Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento

preparing lunch bags for the homeless children 

children from a poor village of Mang Yang district receiving cookies and candies

10 wheelchairs were donated to the Eucharist Orphanage for children

reaching out to this 3 year-old boy who fell into a boiling pot of pigs' food

bibs, baby formula, and infant cereals were donated for 50 disabled and abandoned orphans

orphans whom were originally left on the side of the forest or on the streets and were brought in to be cared for and sheltered by a 52 year old priest

providing supplies and essentials including books, pens, pencils, milk, rice, disposable bibs, soaps  to the orphanage

providing a bike and some money for the two orphaned brothers

giving essential food items to the poor elderly

During this rainy, bitter cold winter, it's difficult for an unsheltered person to stay warm and dry. Many of them are at high risk of hypothermia. Low body fat, malnutrition, smoking, diabetes and other underlying health issues make them more susceptible to the harsh weather. The least we can do for them is to provide a nutritious, hearty meal to warm their hearts and lift their spirit. 

Please join me once more in reaching out to the homeless by helping out in the following ways: preparing food, serving breakfast, or donating food or accessories.

Food Items Needed: 

1. Sausage, potato, egg breakfast burrito = $200
2. 300 Granola Bars = $51 
3. 300 Cups of Instant Noodle = $70 
4. 300 Bananas = $30 
5. 600 Tangerines = $120 
6. 300 mixed vegetables or dried fruits mix packets =  $91.62

Below are pictures of the breakfast event from November 2015. Special thanks to Chick-Fil-A in Elk Grove for donating 150 hot fresh chicken biscuits and to all the employees of Jefferson Pharmacy in West Sacramento for your 300 pairs of brand new socks!

Wonderful volunteer group-friends/parents from my kids' school, and the Spices Of Life readers

Hard-boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein and most people like them

A day old cake and pastry are the only food that they get every morning for breakfast. Some get extra to save for dinner.

the homeless desperately need new socks

My kid's classmate, her brother and mom gathered in my kitchen to assemble sandwiches

600 eggs were boiled at different households

Preparing food in my garage

It's so wonderful to see kids get involved in charity work

Arriving at Chick-Fil-A at 7:00 am to pick up 150 warm and fresh chicken biscuits.

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