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this past weekend at Lights On was quiet
only a few people were released
but there were 2 people I got to spend a lot of time talking to

one was a girl who spent a month in jail for missing a DUI meeting
she spent those 30 days thinking and getting her life in order
she’s from San Diego but she wants to come back to Santa Ana every weekend to give the girls in jail free color and cuts (she’s a hair stylist) to make them feel pretty :)
the kind of energy she gave off was so positive and wonderful…I am still smiling from it.
when her ride picked her up, she even came back to give us food

another guy stopped by the RV for some coffee, he was an older man who was released from jail a long time ago but lost everything while serving his time and has since been homeless.
he talked about how both of his parents died while he was in prison and he couldn’t do anything about it
his advice: if you have a mother, tell her you love her!!
the more he spoke, the more my heart broke…he was was the sweetest man ever but he’s been through so much
he’d say things like i know it will get better. you guys are here with me tonight i’m so lucky!

it goes both ways, we are so lucky to have each other

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2 comments

  • gianna

    Yay Christine—another Lights On Angel!

    I love how the girl came back to give you food :) It just warms my heart because it reminds me of the term, “paying it forward”…it’s just proof of how kindness just births more and more kindness,etc. That’s what I’ve found so amazing about service…the circle that keeps going and going and snowballing into more compassion.

  • Here’s another great Lights On story. You and Sonali told me to post it.

    http://www.helpothers.org/my/story.php?op=view&sid=3355

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