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Thanksgiving 2020… A year that looks and feels very different for all of us. What is usually the busiest travel day of the year, may look unusually quiet and low-key. This holiday, which is typically filled with friends and family gatherings, home-made pumpkin pie, and yearly traditions, will not be the same this year. Although things have significantly changed and been altered, it doesn’t mean we can’t continue to create and celebrate new traditions. Maybe even take these times to add joy and innovative ways of celebrating this special time of year, by doing meaningful acts and giving back.
After all, it is “that day” of the year that is usually filled with us reflecting upon our blessings, showing gratitude, and giving thanks.
Even during a global pandemic, at Showering Love we continue our mission and dedication to those experiencing homelessness. Continuing to always do everything in our power to bring smiles and joy to all those we come in contact with.
With each and every event, our volunteers and donors continue to inspire us with their generosity and kindness. Even through the most challenging times, we continue working hard to make a difference. On November 14th, we held an incredible event… “Buckets of Love.” It was a huge success with the most amazing turnout!
Our Thanksgiving Hero
We would like to tell you about this very special young man, Ben Spigelman. He is a 5th grade student at Cooper City Elementary, who makes straight A’s (wow) and is very involved in school and community activities.
Working on the Showering Love bus and volunteering to help those in need is one of Ben’s passions. He decided to start a project named “Buckets of Love” to help and raise money for Showering Love. Incredibly, he raised over $1,600.00!
He began his efforts by asking his friends and family to sponsor his idea of making buckets filled with goodies to give to those in need. Ben’s generous donation bought all the items for the baskets. He was also a big part of helping assemble them and passing them out, along with many other wonderful volunteers. We are so proud of Ben, and thankful for his selfless acts of kindness. He is a power of example!! You’re never too young to make a difference. GO BEN!
Other than continuing to work hard on being a stellar student, Ben is looking forward to being on the safety patrol and plans to run for President of Student Government of his school. He also loves springboard diving and football. Especially his fantasy football league!
Ben also has a little sister, Samantha, which he adores, and 3 “four-legged” family members named Olivia, Buddy, and VanGogh. He loves his parents, friends, and family. He is a very generous and caring friend to all and an incredible young man.
Thanksgiving Buckets of Love
Even this threatening virus can’t stop us from “Showering Love” to those going through the toughest of times. Especially, during this holiday season. These acts of kindness and our amazing community continue to provide smiles and happiness to those who need it most. Although the baskets are filled with many tangible goods, they “symbolically” filled so much more. Hence, the name “Buckets of Love.” They gave those receiving them hope. Showed them that people care about them, and confirmed that they are far from invisible. They matter, they are loved, and they are valued. Reaching out to those that are less fortunate than us is so important and rewarding for everyone involved. Taking a few small minutes of our time can really make a big difference.
We kindly thank and truly appreciate all the wonderful people who took part in this amazing event and volunteered their time. It takes a village! We would like to send a warm thank you to Tafari Alexander‘s family, who generously donated a large number of snacks. Also, to Michelle Rubin for all of her help and efforts. Our gratitude also goes to an amazing group of young men, “Black Men Give Back.” This truly was a community project and we are so thankful to all. And, if we missed anyone, please know that we value and appreciate you so much!
There was another young man at our event, Rocco, 12 years old. You could tell he was mesmerized and taking in everything that was going on around him. It was very apparent that he loved being part of everyone working together and the teamwork in making the “Buckets” for someone less fortunate. You could see the amazement in his eyes and how full his heart was for this great cause. Rocco warmed the heart of our CEO, Jeanne, especially as he passionately said to her…
“This is wonderful! This is wonderful what you’re doing!
It’s a Time to be Grateful
November is swiftly coming to a close, and we are moving closer to a New Year, and hopefully a better 2021. This year, let’s make it a point to be thankful for our health, family and show gratitude for all we have, and for others. Things that may have seemed so ordinary last year, may no longer be possible or look very different.
While most of us are enjoying a turkey dinner with our family, others are struggling and may not be so fortunate. They may not have food to eat, a family, or even a place to call home. Let’s all make sure to appreciate and take in every minute of happiness we are given, and share in our blessings. Maybe we shouldn’t focus on what we “do not have” this year, but rather reflect on what we “can have” by being kind, loving, and generous with one another.