Today is Valentine's day, and with the help of other people, we planned to bring the hashtag lunchbag project here in Manila.
#HashtagLunchbag was born on Christmas Day 2012 in a Los Angeles apartment with just a small group of friends. The intent was simple, to prepare and deliver a hearty and well-balanced meal to our local homeless community. We all chipped in a few bucks before taking a quick trip to the grocery store and purchasing a few goodies. We invited over a few more friends to help assemble the lunch bags, blasted some music, and then hit the streets.
The sun wasn't out yet, but we were already done with plenty of tasks. For most of us, it was our first time to meet each other. That wouldn't be obvious though - not with the way we talked, joked, and worked with each other.
They were all wonderful people! Everyone was competent, decisive, and kindhearted. They could rule the world if they wanted to!
On our way to Manila, we passed by several takatak boys, traffic enforcers, and roadside cleaners who were all very happy and appreciative of the lunchbag we handed them. What we gave was only a lunchbag, but when you look at them, it feels like they've received something much more than that.
Walang sinuman ang nabubuhay para sa sarili lamang (No one lives for himself alone.)
Walang sinuman ang namamatay para sa sarili lamang (No one dies for himself alone.)
Tayong lahat ay may pananagutan sa isa’t-isa (We're all responsible for each other.)
Perhaps the reason we feel good whenever we try to help others is because we're all really made for each other. We're here to look out for one another, get each other's back, and be each other's keeper. Perhaps.
Happy Love Month!
With just a small network of friends we were able to raise funds and distribute packed lunch to hundreds of homeless people. It may be just a little thing , but with the smiles and thanks we've been given, I felt how much little things could matter.
If everyone lights just one little candle, what a bright world this will be.