Yellow and orange overtakes the sky in San Francisco. Not over Pier 39 or Ghirardelli Square, but the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, where crime, poverty, and isolation are three constant companions. I dawdle through the streets with a group of about seven other people from my mission trip, looking for those in need of food, blankets, or--most commonly--a conversation.
I didn’t notice him at first, but as I looked back over my shoulder, I saw him. Rob. Sitting in a chair in front of a restaurant, by himself and watching those that passed by. I walked up to him and asked how he was doing. The conversation we had lasted over an hour. Throughout it I learned that I was the first person to talk to Rob in years, and he was completely isolated from any family or friends. He told me about the apartment he had been living in, how he was neighbors with addicts and thieves, and how he could not afford to go anywhere else. He wanted so badly to get out of the Tenderloin and to have a better life. He wept, telling me that he thought nobody would ever notice him again, and seemed distraught when I had to go. I checked on him the next day, and he was so much happier.
Kindness isn’t something that is hard to practice, but it is something that affects everyone every single day.
I have experienced kindness throughout my entire live, both on the giving and receiving ends, and seen the impact it can have on people of all ages. As a younger child, I would get happy from just someone telling me I was nice. Growing older, I have experienced kindness and its effects both on the giving and receiving end. Hearing that someone thinks I look nice or that they thought of me brings me joy, just as being the reason for someone’s smile or laughter brings me an uncomparable amount of joy. It does not take a lot of work to be kind, but it does have a huge payoff for all parties involved.
I believe in a world where kindness overcomes hatred. I believe in a world where others come first. I believe in the positive effect kindness has in this world.
I believe in kindness.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the car wash on October 22nd! We were able to raise over $1,000, which is going to become 90 outreach kits for the homeless!
Special thanks to all the volunteers who made this happen!
On November 4th, HR visited the Loaves and Fishes diner to hand out hygiene kits to guests. We handed out a total of 80 hygiene kits and had a few great conversations.
While handing out boxes, we saw a kid who looked about like a 3rd grader walking through the diner with his mom. This kid was your typical 3rd grader: goofy, funny, and bit hard to handle at times. Something was a bit off though, it was raining and was about 40 degrees outside, and this kid didn’t have any socks on. Our team stepped up and handed him and his mom a hygiene kit, which both held a 3-pack of socks.
Its moments like these that are the reason HR exists. It’s the small connections, like keeping a child’s feet warm, that keeps us going.
Without your support, we couldn’t be where we are now, and our team thanks you so much for all of your generous donations.
The future is bright! Let’s continue working together in this fight against poverty!
Today, Humanity Reboxed served at Fishes and Loaves’ Friendship Park. Friendship Park is a beautiful park that serves as one of the main attractions for the homeless. The park offers many awesome things, such as breakfast, coffee, lunch, showers, daily necessities, legal help, mental help, job support, and more! Today, the Humanity Reboxed team volunteered a day at the park, cleaning the buildings, sidewalks, and and offices. Along with a volunteer day, HR distributed 50 Hygiene boxes today!
Our boxes were a huge hit at the park. Just seeing each guest’s face light up with excitement as they learned what was in our box was so awesome. Each and every box we handed out today impacted a life. It was more than a box we were handing out today; it was hope for a future. Each person we interacted with were extremly grateful we were there. I am amazed at the impact we were able to have on each person. I won’t forget to mention that 50 people were able to receive the New Testament today! Thats awesome!
First off, thank you so much for every supporter that has made this event possible. You are helping give the hope and care every person deserves.
But we are not stopping here. We want to turn the 50 people we impacted today to 500, and we need your help to do so. Right now, the best way to help us change someones life is by a monthly donation. But if this isn't something you can do at this time, please just support our cause by buying a box! You can find all of this under the “Buy a Box” tab on our website
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Abby Fenton recently joined the Humanity Reboxed team. We asked her to give us a story of why she decided to join our team. This is what she said:
I decided to join the Humanity Reboxed mission because of a tragic yet touching story of a young man's life circumstances. This man had been on the streets for two years when another man attacked him, and was severely injured. After weeks of staying in a hospital recovering from a brain bleed, he was released. He had no hope. It was in this turmoil that our paths crossed. It started as a friendly conversation, but as our conversation deepened, he shared with me some of the poems he wrote. Although most revealed his utter hopelessness, he began to recite a particular poem, and at that moment his face lit up with excitement. He wrote of a conversation he had with a young woman who filled him with hopefulness and self-worth. It was clear that this short conversation made a positive impression in his life.
Through this young man's story, I discovered the lasting implications of a simple conversation. It is my goal, through love and conversations to be a positive impact on the lives touched by Humanity Reboxed.
First off, I would like to thank every single person who has supported the growth of Humanity Reboxed. We would not be where we are today if it wasnt for our generous supporters. I persnonally garentee that your support is going to make an impact on someones life.
I would like to take a moment to explain our future. After discussing our situation with my partner, we have decided to take Humanity Reboxed to the next level. Beginning next week, we are going to start the process of becoming a Non-profit organization.
The boxes you have purchased are under great care. We have a total of 57 boxes sold! Our first set of boxes is set to be delivered on Friday in downtown Sacramento.
Please share Humanity Reboxed with everyone you know! If we can spark a fire, this thing will grow rapidly.
Thank you so much for your support!
-Hunter Corbitt, Director
Today, our world strives on negativity. It can be found in our politics, in our communities, and in our homes. This powerful state of mind is like a drug-- it will significantly hurt your life the more you invest in it. Prince Ea once said, "A thought is like a cloud-- it comes an it goes but it says and it grows if you give it the power too." To often, the thoughts we grow in our head are negative ones, and its these thoughts are what have the biggest impact on our lives.
Something that I have witnessed day in and day out at school is how quickly these negative thoughts spread. There are people who are addicted to this drug of negativity; they are constantly in search of something they can argue about. A simple remark about a recent political action springs into an argument, which springs into a personal, insult hurling yelling match. I am astonished about how the way some people live their lives. I cant imagine living my life in constant search for an argument. Its so much more than "expressing" self-opinion-- it's forcing negativity onto people that don't know how to take it. The same people who are complaining about the divide in our country are continuing to grow it. Our perspective and outlook on the world is backwards. Instead of focusing on what people should be doing, focus on what you can be doing.
The best way that I have found to go about the issues of negativity is to remember that God always wins. No matter the argument, no matter the issue, no matter the person, God is always in charge. Negativity to me is just a way of distracting us from the good that is happening. God brings us together, just trust in Him! Our culture moves from one issue to the next without ever seeing the end of it. As soon as the negativity starts to end on one issue, we jump right on to the next story. Its so easy to jump on this negativity train, but its the opposite of what we are created to do. Instead of being apart of the negativity train, lets create some kind of positive change! Lets be the generation that gets stuff done, instead of getting stuck in the cycle of political agendas. God wants us to break free from this negative cycle! We can't get caught up in silly arguments that don't do anything. We must be apart of something big. Something that God wants us to do. In order to bring our communities together, we must simply understand that God is the ruler over everything; our negative remarks and arguments get nothing done! It doesn't matter what side of the political spectrum your find yourself on. It doesn't matter how rich or poor you are. It doesn't matter how well your educated. God rules over all of us, and we must put our faith in Him instead of keeping our attention on the negativity cycle that sucks us in and takes our lives. And if He rules over all of us, then put the ego aside and help someone today. One person is not better than the next.
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When you buy a hygiene kit from Humanity Reboxed, your not just supporting the homeless; your giving these special individuals hope for a future. When our team distributes these boxes, we look to engage in conversation. Conversation is what builds hope and purpose for these lost individuals. If our team can introduce God in a new way to these people, wonderful things can happen.
Create conversation. Give hope. Buy a box today.