We can all have a virtual community dinner together: please send your pictures and wishes here!
Dear friends, members and volunteers of HelpBerkeley-
Yesterday was our largest run ever: we were able to deliver 804 Thanksgiving meals, with 42 drivers in the run, 8 helpline volunteers, 3 pickup managers, 7 workflow dispatchers, 6 ops managers, 5 driver coordinators, and many more volunteers involved. Our last back-up run is right now under way
Of course, the point of it is not so much the food, as the ritual that surrounds it. Thanksgiving is an important meal to all of us, not because of the food, but because of the associations: friends, family, and the warmth of companionship that also comes with cooking together. Most of us will have Thanksgiving in very small pods, sometimes just by ourselves, and even good Thanksgiving food does not make up for that.
But the point of HelpBerkeley is not only food either. HelpBerkeley represents the community around us all, the hundreds of volunteers, and donors, who care for their neighbors, wish them well, and have happily sacrificed their free time week after week to drive, manage and support the daily runs. None of us here is alone today! What I am trying to say is that HelpBerkeley, beyond food, also represents friends and neighbors who care for their community. Not one person among our members, volunteers and friends should feel alone today, because of this demonstration of community.
So let’s post plenty of pictures and good wishes to each other on this thread, to show that, even though we are physically isolated, we are together! Happy Thanksgiving to all!
You can see the live stream of pictures and wishes, at:
Check the thread often, see the new posts, and post your own!