I can't think of a better way to fire up the blog again, than by sharing photos of today's extravaganza! My son, having been invited to join Zach Bonner in finishing up his cross-country walk to raise awareness of homeless youth across America, put in his two miles of sharing. Walking alongside young and old alike, the beautiful Santa Monica day was pristine, the perfect weather in which to get the word out.
Marching across pedestrian walkways in droves to Zach's destination on the Santa Monica pier, the group trekked one of America's cities wearing the highest rate of homelessness as a badge..
As Zach spoke, not full of self-aggrandizement of his own remarkable achievement, but of the statistics associated with homeless youth, one could not help but take note of the homeless individuals about the pier itself.
There they were, unassumingly present, mostly unaware of all of the hub-bub, involved in their own self-absorbed state of being. The mayor gave a brief address, detailing several families of single women living in their cars, with their children. Heartbreaking.
Zach's efforts have not gone unseen. Corporations have aided in funding for various homeless measures nationwide, and Office Depot has generously gifted "ZachPacks" - backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, and the like, in an effort to put a tangible note on the streets that those who live there are acknowledged.
Congratulations, Zach! The mere two miles we put in were but a drop in the bucket. May the fruit of your labor be rewarded by greater knowledge of the need to intervene in this growing problem.