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More Than Just Food Packing

Last Saturday I took photos of Friends & Family Community Connection’s first ever downtown Food Packing event. There were around 200 of San Diego’s homeless community and 175 FFCC volunteers at the San Diego Salvation Army building; together they package over 100,000 meals for disaster-ravaged Japan!

There was no distinction between these two groups of people at the food packing event. They worked side-by-side talking about their lives; it was touching to hear the kids asking the men about their military service.

I especially loved watching the families who had given up their Saturday to work together assembling meals for people in need so far away.

At the end of the shift, this family prayed with the men they had been working with at their food packing table.

This event empowered people who normally are the ones on the receiving side, to instead be the givers.

There were several people from the STEPS and CRASH programs (people transitioning out of homelessness) who gave leadership to the event. Chris, who acted as the MC most of the day said that they did not have any money to give but were very blessed to be able to give of their time to help others.

Forty boxes of toys, coloring books, and puzzles, were packaged and will be shipped to orphanages that were damaged the most by the tsunami.  The estimated value of the packaged food and toys is $35,000.  What an incredible gift to the children and families in Japan!

Young, not so Young & Everyone

Although this was the first time that the food packing had taken place downtown, it was FFCC’s 24th food-packing event. If you would like to partisipate in their next event or learn more about Friends & Family Community Connection click here.


3 responses

  1. love the slideshow!

    May 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm

  2. brotherjoe

    great job cyndy!

    May 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm

  3. Nicole Mason

    I am so happy that Jesus is
    working through all of you. You are doing a great thing!! May you continue to be blessed, so that you may bless others =)

    July 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

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