Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Very Humbling Merry Christmas.

Christmas morning is magical to wake up and come down the stairs to the smell of coffee brewing - then to see a treasure trove of gifts under the tree all ready to open. Then a big breakfast surrounded by your loved ones, to then start preparing a massive feast of turkey and all the fixings. Such a beautiful picture. But what if you don't have a home, or a tree, or gifts, or food to cook, or a family to be surrounded by? Not so magical. There's a surprising large amount of people here in Ottawa in that very situation. Anita (my loveOttawa creative partner) and I got to meet a bunch of these folks this morning while handing out hot chocolate to them. It's so humbling to say the least, to hand a simple hot chocolate to someone who likely doesn't own much more than the clothes they're wearing and for them to look you in the eye and say a very appreciative and heartfelt "Thank You - Merry Christmas". Very Humbling!

Doing this on Christmas morning has become somewhat of a tradition now, and I hold it very dear. It's cool how a small gift of a hot drink on a cold day, lets someone who is marginalized know they matter and are respected - and their appreciative words back to us are the most amazing gifts in return.

 © Anita Ruivo - the loveOttawa project

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