February 13, 2012
14 Days of Valentines - DAY 13
TODAY'S DATE IDEA: SPREAD THE LOVE
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been using the 14 Days of Valentines not only to go out on dates with my husband but also to share love with my friends and neighbors. I've handed out small valentine notes and cupcakes to friends, met them for some quality time and treats, met some new single friends across the country and have shared talks about love, and I even managed to spend some time with some family. It's been such a treat!
But tonight really topped all of those efforts when my husband and I spent the evening volunteering with a giving grassroots group known as the Monday Night Mission, which hands out food to the homeless people staying the night on Skid Row, which is the home base to thousands of Los Angeles' homeless.
The Mission was the brainchild of a man named Mel, who took a wrong turn on the way home one night and ended up driving by Skid Row. He saw a hundred homeless people lining the street, wandering with sullen eyes and few belongings. He saw the needs of his neighbors and wondered, "How can I help?"
He headed to the nearest Burger King, bought ten hamburgers, and drove back to Skid Row. He went back again, this time with a couple friends and a few dozen sandwiches.
photo source: Monday Night Mission