This past weekend was a busy one but I am greatful as to how it went because it made me appreciate everything I have.
So a couple of weeks ago my brother invited me to help with a homeless outreach program the day before Easter, that he does with this group that he is in called the XJL(extreme justice league), the group basically dresses up as super hero’s and helps out in the community( and they do a pretty good job at it) . Now I wasn’t sure what to expect, because I had never done a homeless outreach like this before, So I told him I would come along and take some pictures of his crew helping out the homeless.
Saturday finally arrives and my brother picks me up around 9am and we start heading down to downtown San Diego. Now if you’re like me the first thing you think of when you hear of the city San Diego is a ton beaches and great weather, But what people don’t realize about San Diego is that there is mass amounts of homeless people that Roam the city. We went closer to downtown San Diego to meet up with the rest of crew that was helping out so they could give a rundown of what was going to happen. They were ready to hand out a lot of stuff such as water, clothes, food, etc. and at the time I was thinking how are we going to find enough homeless people to give all this stuff too.
Now here comes the sad truth about San Diego... as we were walking deeper into the city to get to our Rendeveous, the stench of urine and feces became more and more evident, trash and old clothes were scattered around as if a small tornado had hit the town. Then you start seeing person after person sleeping on the floor and if they were lucky, you would see some of them sleeping in their tents, but all of them had shopping baskets full of their belongings. I also noticed that some of these people had some real disabilities which was really hard to witness.
When we finally get to our destination the XJL team started setting up all the stuff they were going to give away and right away you can see people lining up to receive whatever they could. Now like I said before I thought they had brought a lot of stuff to give away, but within the hour all the stuff was handed out. So overall the event was a success. One thing I did notice was the attitude of some these people who were down on their luck. Some of them despite their situation still had smiles on their faces and very greatful for what was being done for them, which says a lot about all we take for granted in our daily lives.
If I learned anything from this day is that even in the times when it seems impossible to smile, those are the times that we need to smile the most because we have a lot to be greatful for and we should never take any of that for granted.
-Season Of Love Photography