I was at the soup kitchen with a group from California that assists us with gathering interviews and writing the client stories for the newsletter.
But for Yasmin it was a special day.
It still makes me cry.
It will haunt me forever.
I purchased his cake that year using SNAP (food stamps) benefits, but had no money for a gift. I watched as everyone else brought him something, but I had nothing to give him. The Christmas before had been the same way – he would have had nothing under the borrowed tree if it hadn’t been for friends, co-workers, family and even strangers who knew what a difficult time we were having.