A Smile for A Smile
Since the “Stay at Home” order was put in place, it is fair to say that maybe a 90% of Miami Beach residents took it seriously. Essential workers and businesses had the immense responsibility to keep/continue working to keep our city running. The halt in our normal rush of activities gave me the opportunity to pause and pay closer attention/take a closer look to the homeless, some of them walking around and others sitting down on our most visited/well known streets: Washington Ave, Alton Road and all across Downtown. Some of them elders in wheelchairs, others younger, some latin, americans, black, white but all of them with something in common: lost gazes, saddened looks and a feeling of hopelessness. I felt greatly compelled and my gratitude for everything I have kicked in like a lightning bolt. My call to action started with a small act of kindness. First, I bought a meal as I passed walking down the street which lead me to think of a more steady way of giving back. We all know that Homeless’ have been here forever… There is nothing new about that. Now, those same streets once filled with tourists walking around, filling restaurants and hotels are now desolate reducing dramatically the amount of left overs for them. Everything changed for all of us but reality just got tougher on them.
This is what lead me and some other friends to organize ourselves by giving our time and by collecting donations we are now able to feed at least 100 of them on each round we do. We called this program/event/charity/ “A smile for a Smile” and the menu is very simple: a sandwich, water, a snack and most importantly, a smile. The goal: a smile in return. Living in a fear based state of mind is not a healthy habit for me. I encourage you to eat clean, exercise often and keep your immune system strong. Im hopeful that things will go back to normal and that our city will be crowded with tourists
again, restaurants reopening back and hotels hopefully at full capacity. Im very grateful for each person that has contributed to this cause, friends, colleagues and clients as well as local businesses that donated supplies.