Thanks & Giving

Written by Hani Hulu

This thanksgiving, I decided to give back to those in need. I decided since I wasn’t celebrating with family or friends this year, I wanted to give back to those who were alone and may not feel like they have much to be thankful for. I decided to make bags full of goodies to hand out to the homeless around Philadelphia. I had so many things I wanted to include in the bag, but I had to stop somewhere. This is what my bag included:

-Gloves
-Extra Long Socks
-Toe Warmers
-Antibacterial Wipes
-Lotion
-Toothbrush
-Toothpaste
-Banana
-2 PB&J Sandwiches
-2 Chewy Bars

I really wanted to include poncho’s and hand warmers but the store was out when I went shopping. Nonetheless, I was very satisfied with the items I chose. Handing these out on thanksgiving, was such a great experience. There was one person who was sleeping and I just placed the bag next to him, and when I happened to drive past him again about 20 minutes later, he was eating one of the sandwiches. As I drove off from handing the bags out, I would look in my rear view, and the excitement I saw from these homeless men and women was so gratifying. I could go on and on about why this is such a great thing to do, but even after I did it, the sense of fulfillment I felt was greater than I expected. I highly encourage you all to do something to help those in need at any time, it doesn’t have to just be thanksgiving. Everyone deserves compassion, no matter what they did to get where they are.

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