She looked at me and said “they need more heaters in Tent City. Chicago is getting colder by the minute. We have to keep them warm until we can find them housing”. Then she proceeded to purchase heaters for everyone who needed one. She didn’t post it on social media she just did it. On her own dime, out of her own pocket.
Days later, I helped her prepare a meal fit for a king and accompanied her as she fed the homeless in Atlanta. Continuing to serve the less fortunate despite the threat of a fine. She thanked the officers for providing a warning and continued on her mission until ever person was fed. She didn’t post about it on social media.
The following day, I went with her to no less than 6 different stores in various parts of Atlanta. Each one for the same things. All the fleets lined hats they had as well as scarfs and gloves. 150 to be exact. She asked me to keep a running tally of what she had purchased. Her mission was to provide warmth to 150 people who could use a blessing much like she had while on a recent trip back home to Chicago. She purchased 150 hats and scarfs and 151 pairs of gloves. The extra pair of gloves for herself because I reminded her of how cold her hands were while she fed the less fortunate the day before. She didn’t post about it on social media.
The next morning we woke up and headed out to distribute the items she had purchased. The gratitude received from those she helped was overwhelming but she continued to be her humble self. Offering much more than a little warmth to everyone she encounter. She greeted every last person with a smile, a hug , a listening ear if needed and plenty of encouragement for the journey ahead. She didn’t post about it on social media.
At the end of the day when all the items were long gone. We were exhausted and decided to head home to prepare dinner for my baby sister and cousin. As we exited the expressway and came to the first light. She rolled her window down and called the man begging for food over to our car. Despite her exhaustion she mustarded up a warm smile, words of encouragement, $20 for food and the last pair of gloves that she had purchased for herself.
She deserves the world because she give so much of herself without the slightest concern for accolades. I feel incredibly blessed to know this woman, to learn from her and to call her my best friend.. She is beyond the definition of DOPE!!!! She is a modern day saint and deserves to be recognized for all she does..