Southern California Service

Southern California - Santa Ana Service

Helping Those Who are Struggling to Hang on to Life

Dreams, desires, wishes, hopes, privileges, these vary from person to person. Some want an Xbox One for their birthday. Some dream of travelling the world. Some look forward to going home, taking a nice hot shower and eating some cookies while watching TV. Little do the privileged realise that some, a large percentage of the population, spend their time dreaming, hoping to find food and water to survive another day.

Dreams, desires, wishes, hopes, privileges, these vary from person to person. Some want an Xbox One for their birthday. Some dream of travelling the world. Some look forward to going home, taking a nice hot shower and eating some cookies while watching TV. Little do the privileged realise that some, a large percentage of the population, spend their time dreaming, hoping to find food and water to survive another day.

Earlier this month the group had the opportunity to visit the Civic Center in Santa Ana. They spent a few hours walking around tents full of people who have, what some would consider nothing. The youth distributed water and crackers to those who were in dire need for it. As they approached the tents, a man stood up and looked at them with the biggest smile and sigh of relief, alerted his family of the youth’s arrival and ran up to them, thanking them for the water and food. He took the water bottles from them, smiled, and ran back to his children, giving them the water he had received.

The time it would take to watch two episodes of “Friends” or one episode of “Game of Thrones,” was all that was needed to serve water and food for fifty plus families and individuals.

The feeling that resulted from such an activity, according to one of the participants of the service, was more rewarding than any gift he has ever received before. He realised that the group had spent less than the amount he earns in five hours at work. He decided to begin a non-profit organisation at the University of California, San Diego to encourage others to participate in the same type of service. Hopefully, if his actions are heard throughout the county, it may spread to other counties or cities, increasing the amount of service done by selfless individuals.