Love. Generosity. Hope. By Maushmi Savjani
â€œIt is in the shelter of each other that the people live.â€ Irish Proverb
Every single words of this beautiful quote rang true for me as I participated in the collection effort to benefit the Healthcare for the Homeless Houston (HHH) this holiday season. I may never meet those who poured their hearts out when presented with an opportunity to give and those who received these gifts, but I feel connected to everyone who somehow got to be a part of this wonderful happening.
It all started with the story called Music of a Stolen Symphony that I read on www.helpothers.org I was so touched by this story that I immediately started looking up volunteer opportunities to work with the homeless. I emailed Be the Cause Houston team and a couple of other friends. My friend Rohith who is a medical student at Baylor suggested volunteering with HHH. I knew about HHH and Dr. David Buck, M.D., the founder of HHH, has been a huge inspiration to me ever since I heard him speak at the Compassion and the Art of Medicine lecture at Baylor a couple of years ago. Inspired by his experience working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, Dr. Buck has worked tirelessly to develop medical and dental clinics for an indigent population in Houston. In 2001, he started HHH whose mission is to promote health, home and dignity for the Houstonâ€™s homeless through accessible and comprehensive care. This holiday season, it was our great fortune to have had the opportunity to participate in building healthy foundations for change in the lives of homeless men, women, and children with gifts that we collected through the toiletry drive. Below is the list of items we collected: