California Dreamin’ Day 14

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It’s hard to believe we’ve been in California for two whole weeks; time has just flown by! Then again, the morning we all met at the airport feels, at least in my memory, like a lifetime ago. I guess that’s what happens when you pack two months of excitement into two weeks… 

Since we’ve had nothing but good times on this trip, it was time to pay back some of this good karma. Day 14 began with a trip to the LA Regional Foodbank, where we spent our morning organizing, inspecting, boxing, and stacking over 13,000 meals worth of donated food for underprivileged individuals and families. It was hard work, but it was also extremely rewarding and, to be honest, a lot of fun! It is good to know that there are people out there willing to spend so much of their time helping others, and I believe we walked away feeling hopeful and thankful.

This philanthropic feeling carried over to day 15, and it’s a good thing it did. We began the day with a trip to the Museum of Tolerance, an institution devoted to both the memory and the continued awareness of victims of global atrocities. Much of the tour was devoted to the Holocaust, and many of us were led through by tour guides whose parents survived (but whose extended families perished) in the death camps. It was a powerful and humbling experience, but we didn’t leave feeling hopeless. We had seen the power of human charity the day before, and I think we walked out of the Museum with a sober yet hopeful motivation to do good in the world. If this is all we bring back to Canada, this trip will have been more than worth it.

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