On August 23rd, I, along with the help of my sister Tina, manned the Random Acts table at Creation Entertainment’s Salute to Supernatural convention in Vancouver, B.C. We spent the day collecting items, as well as monetary donations, for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC), a local non-profit which provides basic needs and positive change for women and children of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. By the end of the day, we had many bags full of items off the DEWC’s wish list. In addition, we raised over $300 for the DEWC.
A big thank you goes out to all the kind and generous people who contributed to the donation collection drive. Whether you dropped off a bag of items or could only spare a few coins of change, every little bit counts and makes a difference to the many women who rely on the Centre.
While we only spent one day at the convention, that wasn’t the end of our weekend of kindness. The next day, we took a trip to the DEWC to deliver all the donations we collected, as well as volunteer at their daily lunch service. We were joined by Nicole and Leena, our two “#GetKind in Vancouver” contest winners. After hauling in all of the donations from the van, our next assignment was to set up the dining room. Round tables arranged down the sides of the room needed chairs, as well as forks, spoons, and napkins. The shift was slow at first since we arrived quite a bit ahead of the start of the lunch service, but soon enough, a steady flow of women began to enter the dining room. The room became bustling with activity and alive with chatter. Our responsibilities included preparing plates of food in the kitchen, serving plates to women at the tables, handing out extra napkins/utensils, and clearing off tables as people finished eating.
While I have served meals to the homeless before (for AMOK and DCcon), the lunch service was still a humbling experience. The women we served ranged from the young to the old, from those who just seemed to be a bit down on their luck to those seemingly suffering from mental illness and/or substance abuse. Regardless of their situation, each woman was welcomed into the Centre with no judgement, with a smile, a friendly greeting, and a warm plate of food.
The fact that Tina and I traveled over 2000 miles to volunteer in Vancouver seemed to baffle some people we encountered in the area. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to just volunteer in our local region? Yes! But the thing is, Random Acts’ mission is to conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time. Sometimes, that involves going from one end of a continent to the other just to spread some kindness. After all… kindness has no boundaries.
We love meeting our supporters! If you’d like to visit us at an upcoming convention, check out our shiny new Event Calendar here. You can find us next at the Salute to Supernatural convention in Dallas, September 19-21.