Column: Ghosts of the city

Column: Ghosts of the city

For as long as I can remember, I have seen the ghosts of the city. No, the city is not haunted, but many people believe that it is. People often walk past people who are homeless as if they are ghosts. 

As I was preparing for my Bat Mitzvah in 2018, I decided to make the ghosts that I have seen my whole life visible to everyone who was willing to open their eyes. 

I decided to collect enough items to assemble over 1,200 care packages for the Los Angeles homeless community.

This has been my main focus when it comes to community service. Watching people asking for help while others just walk past them as if they don’t exist. It is inhumane.

Bundles of Kindness is a non profit organization that is based in Los Angeles. Our mission is to provide substantial care packages to the Los Angeles homeless community.  

These packages are delivered with the cooperation of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, food pantries, shelters, teen drop-in centers, safe parking programs, and directly to people who are living on the streets of LA.  

Care packages typically include: blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, hand warmers, umbrellas, rain ponchos, t-shirts, socks, underwear, flip-flops, toiletries, facial wipes, dental hygiene products, menstrual products, sunscreen, individually wrapped shelf stable food, water, juice, and information about community resources. Additionally, sleep/yoga mats, pet supplies, jackets, sweatshirts, and shoes are made available.

Bundles of Kindness blossomed because I found other people who could also see and understand.

Open your eyes and allow yourself to see the ghosts.