It's the holiday season and "Joy to the World" can be heard everywhere. Kids especially will be smiling in anticipation of toys to come. At the same time, the cold winter and holiday season marks one of the most depressing seasons for those who are homeless or poor and suicide rates soar.
One of the coolest reasons why I love working at Chinatown CDC is that we get to bring "joy to the world" to those whose living conditions may not be pretty but whose resilient attitude on life is based on hope and faith that "we shall overcome".
If you have a roof over your head, food in the refrigerator and money in the bank, do you know that you are part of the wealthiest 8% of the world? Most of the world do not have bank accounts and a permanent home to live in.
Growing up as a Chinatown kid, I was quite happy and didn't even know we were poor until my family got evicted from our apartment. I didn't know, until I Iived in Asia, that most of the world was poor. I remember seeing millions of people living as "squatters" in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Yes, we have kids, families and seniors living in closet-like spaces in Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Hotels and nobody wants to live that way, but if your income is low - what else can you do? I can't wait to see the lucky families who get to move into our newest housing development on Broadway and Sansome Street early next year.
As we approach the holidays and the year-end, please consider sharing your generosity with the thousands of people that are in need of safe, stable homes. At Chinatown CDC, we help to “spread the joy” around for families and kids so that they can enjoy the holiday season as well. Here is the link to our donation page - join us in spreading the joy! Happy holidays!