On December 23rd, Humanity Reboxed took a group of 8 volunteers to Cesar Chavez Plaza in Downtown Sacramento for a homeless outreach event. During the day, the HR outreach team provided the homeless in the area with 100 sandwiches by Pocket Deli and 70 hygiene kits built by Humanity Reboxed.
The group of 8 volunteers included 5 first-timers! It was an amazing day full of smiles, laughter and happy tears. Our team was able to reconnect with individuals that we have built connections with over the years and make new friends.
While the stories are still rolling in, we want to focus in on one particular man we met. His name was James and he grew up in Oak Park. He's 28 years old and just recently became homeless. After speaking more to him, he was doing the best he can to get off the streets...he recently got a job at Golden One Center and was excited for the future. James was a smart yet humble guy. He approached us at our table, received his items, and asked where he could find a tent to get out of the rain during the winter and store his stuff. After further conversation, instead of pointing him to yet another service, we decided to get him a small hiking tent for him to stay in until he can make enough money for a deposit on an apartment.
When we gave him his new tent, his eyes filled with tears and he was overwhelmed with emotion; walking away after getting out a shaky 'thank you.'
We were able to do exactly what we set out for: to come alongside someone who is need of help this Christmas and show the joy that Christ provides. Thank you for being apart of Humanity Reboxed's mission.
An official outreach video will be released soon, produced by Matt Moura.
HR's next outreach is planned to happen on January 25th at Union Station in Los Angeles.