So much Joy to share with all of you !! :) And I am running so behind this week for wonderful reasons !! :)
The article about my work in "The New Southwest" paper called "Angel of Santa Rita Park" was published on November 17th. If you would like to read it, just click on the link above.
And three days later the "Arizona Daily Star" published my story about being "Belled". Click on this link to read it if you like. :)
I will blog lots more about all this in the coming weeks. At this point I am catching up for last week. :o
We fed 98 people the weekend of November 20th & had some wonderful donations due my story in "The New Southwest". Thank you Mikaela & Jim & more thanks go to you both for posting the Feeding the Homeless story on your website !! I am very grateful to you both & been telling many people about your wonderful & informative newspaper. Have been giving it to everyone who brings over donations & hasn't seen your great work for the betterment of society yet. :)
A homeless man came up to me at Santa Rita Park & gave me a Buddhist Prayer Bracelet. He really wanted me to have it, I couldn't talk him out of it. I don't know his name but his gift touched me deeply, it was so very sincere & from his Heart. :) It means lots to me & I will never forget the kind gesture of this man & his gratitude.
I met David R. & his daughter Carolyn at Bookman's Used Books in the Native American section on November 19th & we started a conversation. :) David was visiting his daughter & sister here in Tucson from Maine. Thank you so much David & Carolyn for your donation & for also coming with me to both parks helping to dish out the food. It was so much fun to have you both there & to watch you both enjoying yourself by being of service. :) I hope that you both will join me again at times. :)
Thank you Stan L. for donating all those incredible, organic watermelons, cucumbers & tomatoes that you grew yourself in your yard !! :) They were so good & tasted like real fruit & real vegetables were supposed to taste like. Those cucumbers were absolutely delicious, a combination of honeydew melons & cucumbers. Anytime you have extra please call me. :) :)
Buck of Sugar Pies made a big Spice Cake for the homeless people & I still have some left for this weekend. :) It was so good & moist & tasteful !! Jen & I had to have a sample, as you know. :) Buck also made a French Chocolate Cake with Buttercream. Yummmmmm !! Thank you dearest Buck !! :) You are a Treasure !!
My cooking helper, Jen Y., worked really hard again in the kitchen. I wouldn't know what to do without you Jen !! :) Thank you soooo much for your dedication to this cause !! :) And I love hanging out in my kitchen with you. It is always a great time to catch up on the weeks happenings. :)
Jessie M., the co-owner of Cycle Tucson, along with her husband Gary M., is my helper with dishing out the food every time we go to the parks. I am soooo grateful to you for always being there & for giving me the peace of mind to know that I can count on you. Thank you Jessie, my Co-Angel. :)
Pinau thank you for your blanket donations !! :) They are with the homeless already keeping some of them warm. Isn't it a nice feeling to know that ??!! :)
It's the same kind of feeling I get when I drive off after feeding everyone & watching them all sitting on the ground eating & looking happy for the meal. :)
Dede S., thank you for all the warm clothes, blankets, food & money you shared through Jessie with the people in the parks !! :) You are quite thoughtful & may you always be blessed for your Kindness !! :)
David D., you were soooo dear to bring all those fresh vegetables & fruit to the park & you brought a lot !! :) It was nice to watch you hand them all out yourself. :) At first you were a little shy but eventually you really began enjoying yourself & the experience of sharing took over. :) Please join us anytime. :) This is on-going.
A heartfelt thank you go to Dave & Linda M. for donating another cupcake carrier, which makes it all so much easier. I will share the cupcakes with you anytime you would like some. :) Also thank you for continuously donating a big part of the meals every other week !! You both are Angels !! :) I Love You Lots !!
Thank you once more Jennifer of Red Velvet Cupcakery for all those incredibly yummy cupcakes you continue to donate !! :) Everyone who reads this blog, please consider supporting the business. They donate free cupcakes every day to an AIDS Foundation, Casas De Los Ninos, my project, & others.
And their cupcakes are the very best in Tucson !! :) You'll see !! :) The red velvet & the lemon are my favorite. :)
A very dear man by the name of Aries, who works at the L.M. Prince Elementary School Cafeteria donated a lot of wonderful food after reading the article in The New Southwest paper. I was able to take a lot of extra food to the parks, food that the homeless could eat the next day, like corn dogs, already cooked & wrapped hamburgers, little smoothies, things that would keep a day or so. Aries also gave me two huge bags of already cooked chicken fingers & I will use half of them to make Chicken Parmigiana. The other half is in the freezer for another weekends meal to come. Thank You Aries soooo much !! :) And I love your name !! :)
Oh Holly T., you donated that wonderful 16 quart stock pot, which I really needed for vegetables. We used it already & I sent many thoughts of gratitude your way while cooking the food in it !! :) You are the best. :) Thank you also for the styrofoam plates & plastic silverware !! They are always needed. I haven't taken the nutrition drinks to the parks yet, but will next weekend, to keep it all interesting & diversified somewhat. :) Holly, keep smiling, your beautiful smile is contagious & rubs off on everyone. :)
Jim W. & Pam W. a big shout-out of gratitude to you for the donation check you sent for food for the homeless. :) My thank you goes to you on big Angel wings. :)
Melany & Chuck R., thank you so much for the check you sent for food & your beautiful card & precious feather !! :) I am so glad that we are Friends & I Love You Lots Mel !! :)
T-bird, you keep sending along some gas money & I so appreciate it. :) It always comes at a nick of time when I am on empty. Thank you my Friend !! :)
And my dear Catherine P., you sent blankets for the homeless all the way from Illinois, when you can't afford the postage yourself, being a single Mom !! You make me cry when I think about that. You are the embodiment of true giving, my Friend !! :) Thank you with all my Heart !! :) I Love You !!
Now this is the end of the story for last week & weekend & I'm glad that I am caught up a little bit anyway. :) In a few days I will blog about this weekend, which we are still in the middle of. :)
Have a wonder-filled week everyone & remember to look for Miracles !! :) They are everywhere !! :)