As my cousin Dena and I roamed the streets of San Francisco, having fun during our photoshoots, we could not help but notice some homeless people passing by. The San Francisco mornings and late evenings can get very cold and we felt compassion as we saw so many homeless people lining the streets. So we headed to the nearest Salvation Army and went on a mini shopping spree for coats. As we drove to different locations for the photoshoots, we handed coats to homeless people we saw on the street. We always keep warm coats in the trunk of my car, because everyone needs a coat.
As we handed the coats to some of the local homeless people, each person was appreciative. As I watched the look in their eyes as we handed a coat to them, they were grateful and I believe that the spark in their eyes was from seeing that they were being treated with dignity. I wondered to myself how they got to their position of homelessness. We are all human beings and every single person has a life story of how they got to where they are. Every human being regardless of social status should be treated with respect and dignity. Deep down inside, I believe that every person wants to be valued as a person and they want to know that they matter. As we approach Passover and Easter and share the holidays with loved ones, we should not forget that there is someone out there who might need a helping hand. When you look out your window and see someone less fortunate, we can always give back in our own different ways.
Written by Sasha Fischman and edited by Sophie Parish