Y’ALL, this weekend was AMAZING! But before I get into any details of how everything went down, it would only make sense to share how this idea came about in the first place.
So I was sitting in my office at work one day, thinking about what I wanted to do for my birthday. Usually, I would save up and spend too much money doing something different every day leading up to my birthday (usually lasted for about a week) by basically pampering myself (getting things like pedicures, hair and nail appointment, shopping, massages, etc). This year I wanted to do something different and when the idea came to me, I started planning that same day.
If you’ve never done it before, planning an event is nerve-wracking and I don’t care what it is or what it is for, don’t debate me. You never know if people will want to take part, or even if they’ll be receptive. Although it wasn’t that hard, planning this event took more organization and preparation than I anticipated. Between gathering location information, keeping track of volunteer information and what they wanted to do, getting donations and sponsors, prepping and making sure everything got done on time…. phew. Honestly, thank God for Aleah (@muvaearth on IG). She basically helped me take my thoughts and turn them into actions. I’m so grateful for her willingness to help me, as well as her talent.
The day before the event, I left work (my counseling job) for the day and stopped home quickly to change and then head to the salon so I could work on my client that afternoon. As I walk into my apartment, I notice someone on the couch. CRAZY enough, it was one of my best friends Jahlesa (@jah.marie_), sleeping. Listen, I HAD NO CLUE SHE WAS COMING!!
Later that evening after finishing up my client and making it back to my apartment, volunteers started to assemble so that we could prepackage bags. There was a knock on the door and in walks my childhood best friend Nikita (@_mz_erica). So both of my best friends were in my living room and I almost lost it.
How was I supposed to concentrate on the task hand? My anxiety could not handle it and of course, I burst into tears (I had already been crying all day). My boyfriend had brought both of my best friends from their respective states, just so they could help me with my event. WOW. I’m crying right now, I still can’t believe it. Once I collected myself and my tears, my best friends, along with the volunteers that had come, finished prepackaging the bags.
The day of the event was amazing. So many volunteers ACTUALLY showed up. One, in particular, Brittany, drove down from Atlanta just so she could be a part. Some of the volunteers even brought other volunteers with them and of course, my friends were there to support.
In all, we collected about $500 in donations and handed out 150 bags that included things like hotdogs, sandwiches, water, chips, cookies, wipes, toothbrushes and little LED lights. We were able to help so many people; I laughed, I prayed and I cried all in one day.
I’m so grateful to everyone that helped out, volunteered their time, shared my flyer, donated money, pointed me in the right direction or just simply sent me words of encouragement. Y’all have no idea how much that means to me. It’s been two days and my heart is still full. Can we do this again next year? Cause I’m down. Until next time babies!💕