Throughout this past year our team has had the opportunity to get to know and love a very special family. The mom and her three young daughters often invited us to come over to their apartment in East Los Angeles to hangout and be a part of their world for a few hours. We would come to their home with fun gifts and snacks that we were able to purchase by recycling cans and bottles as a team. The girls loved the gifts, but I think the time we spent with them was a lot more meaningful than anything we could ever give them.
Typically our activities included competitive kickball in the parking lot, volleyball (well... our best attempt at volleyball), nail painting, and the consumption of way too many Hot Cheetos. While all these things were fun and brought me back to being a kid, the best part about each visit was getting to know the girls a little bit better.
I am amazed at the older sister and how she looked out for her little sisters…she is so kind and patient. The middle girl is super sweet. She is constantly smiling with joy and is already so smart. The youngest is passionate and feisty. She does everything with her whole heart, whether it’s chasing after a ball, eating everything in sight or giving a hug. All three girls are beautifully unique and so easy to love.
We have a lot of community outreach opportunities in our program, but getting to know this family has been by far my favorite thing I have been able to do. There is something special about getting to be around a family who has so much joy and love in their lives even though they have financial challenges and not a lot of material possessions. The family is moving away to be closer to their extended family. They will be missed by our team and always remembered for the light that they were in our lives.
From Left to Right--Senior Nirra Fields, Alum Luiana LIvulo, Junior Kari Korver...
with our three amazing girls!
With our Dream Center friends!