Succesful Saturday Distribution (with a lot of pictures!)

Succesful Saturday Distribution (with a lot of pictures!)

Today we had a super succesful saturday distribution. We delivered 44 vegan chili to the hungry, made possible by donations from Naiá Aiello, Nancy Sands, Mary McGillycuddy, and Kathryn Marquet. We ran out of chili and water bottles pretty fast, faster than usual. The warm weather made the parks and the streets alive with people. We will be increasing the amount of chili we make to offset the increase in need caused by the warm weather.

Ollie had a great time distributing, meeting the new people, giving out the waters (sometimes), playing with our volunteer kids, and playing basketball with some of the guys in Union Square.

Thank you to our volunteers today: Julianna, Hilda, Leia, Eric, Sammie, and the two very funny impromptu volunteers, Rodrigo and Antonio, from Italy, who couldn’t believe we give food and drink FOR FREE! And who once understood our mission, bought us a case of water bottles when we ran out and distributed our flyers.

Today was such a different experience, because the weather was finally nice and it brought out so many people! We’re very excited about making more chili and increasing the amount of people we reach!

I also feel that our kids are really learning about community, spending time and really connecting at a very real human level with all sorts of people, really learning from their environment and from us. Losing this fear of strangers that society drills in our head, and instead seeing people as they are. I have nothing but positive thoughts about each of our encounters. When you approach people with genuine love and empathy, people respond in equal measure.

Enjoy some of our pictures! See you all next Saturday!

 

 

Julianna and Michelle distributing.  Photo by Hilda Candelario

Julianna and Michelle distributing.
Photo by Hilda Candelario

The cart struggles Photo by Hilda Candelario

The cart struggles
Photo by Hilda Candelario

Ollie and Leialisten to this gentleman intently.  Photo by Hilda Candelario.

Ollie and Leialisten to this gentleman intently.
Photo by Hilda Candelario.

Ollie and Leia enjoy a hug while we distribute Photo by Hilda Candelario

Ollie and Leia enjoy a hug while we distribute
Photo by Hilda Candelario

Two guys with our chili.  Photo by Hilda Candelario

Two guys with our chili.
Photo by Hilda Candelario

A gentleman enjoys our vegan chili. Photo by Hilda Candelario

A gentleman enjoys our vegan chili.
Photo by Hilda Candelario

Ollie plays basketball with the guys. Photo by Hilda Candelario

Ollie plays basketball with the guys.
Photo by Hilda Candelario

Distributing vegan chili Photo by Hilda Candelario

Distributing vegan chili
Photo by Hilda Candelario

Julianna, Michelle, Leia, and Ollie at the table.  Photo by Hilda Candelario

Julianna, Michelle, Leia, and Ollie at the table.
Photo by Hilda Candelario

Some of our wonderful volunteers.

Some of our wonderful volunteers.

Love is fierce.

Love is fierce.

Ollie and Sammie instantly liked each other.

Ollie and Sammie instantly liked each other.

Negotiations between our volunteers: Hilda, Leia, Eric, and Sammie

Negotiations between our volunteers: Hilda, Leia, Eric, and Sammie

Rodrigo, Antonio, Julianna, Michelle Photo by Hilda Candelario

Rodrigo, Antonio, Julianna, Michelle
Photo by Hilda Candelario

On the way home, Ollie chose to pull on the cooler with wheels to help. This earned him Big Boy status.

On the way home, Ollie chose to pull on the cooler with wheels to help. This earned him Big Boy status.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Succesful Saturday Distribution (with a lot of pictures!)

  1. Em

    Can you use 2 corner wooden cabinets… 3 shelves each 16X16X30… Each cab put on other… Very stable circa ’50 ‘s corner storage with small footprint which could fit next to donated table for your prep work. When I saw your story on TV We laughed as my son loved BenjaminMoore RedChiliPepper paint to that is color they are! Couldn’t ask for a next new life for cabinets … Each purchased by our Dads when we were NYC kids. We would deliver them to door if you could use. Keep up the most compassionate & fun work!

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