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I was looking for a quote and came across somewhere on Pinterest that said, “If you want to feed the homeless, then feed the homeless. But the moment you put it on social media, you’re also feeding your ego.” Now, isn’t that the truth? It reminds me of the one episode on Friends where Phoebe and Joey talk about how doing something nice for someone is technically a selfish act (if you haven’t watched it, I highly, highly recommend it). Are we doing a good thing for our community? Yes. Are we also doing it to feel good about ourselves? Also, yes. However, the main focus we want to pinpoint is not so much, “Hey! Look, we did a good thing!”
But more awareness.
If us posting our good deeds can plant a small seed in your mind inspiring you to think, “Hey, maybe I should do something nice today,” then THAT is what we are looking for. We live in a world where social media is constantly feeding our minds that happiness only comes in materialistic items, constant travelling, and all the highlighted moments in another’s life that makes one think, “Why isn’t my life like that too?”.
But we all know it’s not always rainbows and butterflies.
This is why I believe showing you are doing something good can also have the same impact. Not only does this create social awareness in our community, but also brings us here at Meraki just a little closer.
Some of the charities we have chosen to work with hold a special place in our hearts. For example, handing out sandwiches in DTES is very important to me because I used to work at Royal Bank of Canada on Main & Hastings. For those of you who don’t live in the lower mainland, it is the core of where most homelessness stay. I was exposed to a small glimpse of how low income housing functions just by the people who came into the bank. The 2 years that I worked there showed me that these were simply people who were dealt the wrong cards in life. If the definition of compassion is the willingness to relieve the suffering of another, then we must not show sympathy, but compassion for them.
Therefore, I have found a better quote:
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Ironically, it was only a few photos from the first one, ha! This quote definitely speaks way more to us.
One thing that stood out to us when we were handing out some of these goods was how polite and thoughtful everyone was. While we were handing lunch out, we got countless thank-yous and appreciation for what we were doing. If they didn’t need it, they would turn it down and have us save it for someone who needed it more. It made me realize regardless of how much you have, giving one small act of kindness whether it be giving someone lunch or just saving it for someone who needed it, can make a huge impact to someone else’s day or even life.
So yes, technically an act of kindness is considered selfish because it makes us feel good, but at least it‘s reciprocated towards others as well! If this resonates with you, please come join us one day whether it be by donating to those in need or your just simply your time. We promise it’ll be fun 🙂
Charities we have participated to date:
2017: Lupus Awareness Month 2017 Campaign – Raised $2,000
2018: Mother’s Day Charity Campaign for BC Cancer Society and raised $3050, and continuously donating every year
October 2018-2021: Participated in Thanksgiving food drive
March 2020: “WALK IN HER SHOES” Campaign
April 2020: Supported team broken earth ($300)
August 2021: Made over 100 sandwiches for Downtown Eastside Sandwich Run
October 2022: Made over 120 sandwiches for Downtown Eastside Sandwich Run and feminine products for DTES Women’s Centre
December 2022: Made over 150 sandwiches ( thank you to Felicia for donating all the sandwich supplies) and our wonderful anonymous donors who donated tons of warm socks, toques and hand warmers for Downtown Eastside Sandwich Run
2018-2022: Donated to Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) over $3,000
PRESENT – Completed over 15 free PMU work for Cancer Survivors