Service Post Pt.2 – Food + Diaper Drives

Hope for Kids Food Diaper + Food Drives

Aside from all the work we’ve been doing on raising awareness at Hope for Kids, we also wanted to make sure that we in some way directly helped out with our long time partner, the CCC Cancer House in Maharagama. Although we were not allowed to physically meet the kids at the home, we wanted to make sure they were comfortable during their stay at the home during the pandemic as majority of the families were not permitted to leave the premises out of fear for contamination. So, we decided to host 2 drives. One, a diaper drive for the younger children and two, a food drive!¬† The diaper drive was conducted during the duration of the time when we were still online schooling, which meant that we simply put out notices on social media and asked for the diaper contributions to be left at the school for collection. However, when we did actually return to school in person, our efforts were nearly tripled in order to carry out a successful food drive!

We began by splitting into groups to get the logistics in order at first. My group was in charge of creating the posters for the food drive on Canva, which also meant that we needed to decided which grade was bringing in which foods. Naturally this was somewhat difficult as we had to figure out which grade to assign each item to and we had to decide on what rations were most needed. In the end we ended up deciding on items ranging from oil to rice, tea leaves and dhal among other basic supplies after which, myself and a few others stayed behind  to go around the school in order to post a few flyers and posters out in a place where they would be visible. During these few sessions we also took some time to write to the school newsletter in order to enquire about the possibility of us announcing it on the daily bulletin which worked out in our favor. I was genuinely impressed with our work ethic because we happened to be one of the only still functioning services at the school at the time.

After a few months came time for collecting the rations. I spent multiple breaks, lunches and minutes after school making trips around both the primary and secondary campuses to collect what the students, parents and teachers had brought in. I am happy to say that we were very pleasantly surprised at how much of a turnout there was despite us having just returned to school. So with that we ended up carrying our new supplies all the way back into the sports department to sort our donations out. We sorted, piled, stacked and labelled endlessly till our work was finally done, just in time for us to bid farewell to our seniors as well which was a rather bittersweet in hindsight.

Needless to say it felt like a job well done and I am personally¬† extremely proud of us for overcoming so much and pushing to our maximum capacity during this time. I have to say in my 2 years in this service this was honestly one of the most rewarding efforts we’ve participated in, and although we don’t get the chance of meeting our friends at the home, there is still a heartfelt sense of accomplishment in knowing that what we did will be making significant changes for these families in time to come.

Like Joseph Kennedy once said,

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

 

^ Putting up the posters around the primary and secondary buildings

^ Our final food drive poster!

^Last day of sorting the rations we received :))

Thorns Tribute

Ptfc – In Tribute

The 13th of November this year marked a rather pivotal plot twist in the in women’s football world; the general consensus reached was shock and devastation as fans woke up to news that the Thorns’ star midfielder Tobin Heath had gotten her rights traded to the new expansion club Racing Louisville in Kentucky. You might think, ‘That’s great! This expansion team is going to go places…’ But in reality, majority of Thorns supporters including myself were upset and in the process of lamenting at the prospect of Heath having to leave her home team in Portland after a memorable 7 years. Tobin was one of the original members of the club from when the Thorns were first deployed in 2013 and her influence was impactful to the extent that the many members of the public often connotated her to being the face of the Portland Thorns Football Club.

She was the reason I started following the NWSL and a big part of why I became a Thorns supporter in the first place. She called Portland her home, gave the team its fearsome reputation and expressed her love for her team countless times in interviews saying that she does not plan on leaving…ever. She expressed that being a Thorn was an honor, expressed her gratitude for her fanbase and made multiple crucial friendships during her time there and despite all that; the Thorns without hesitation left her unprotected during the draft pick; most likely without warning because of her lack of response to the announcements.

I felt that her legacy with the Thorns needed to be remembered in time to come and felt the need to give other Riveters something to remember this era by; so, I decided to make an edit in tribute. I spent a long time scouring the internet for interviews, highlights and audios etc. to use to compile my edit. The next few hours were emotionally exhausting as I slowed, trimmed, cropped, colored and re-colored my clips to fit the audio Lost in the Moment by NF which had a rather major lyrical meaning behind it. This was a rather long process as I had to create new colorings as well as custom aspect ratios – both of which were new skills that I had learned in the weeks prior. Regardless, I was grateful for a good opportunity for me to grow in my preset making and velocity editing skills which has been one of my weaker abilities as an editor and one that I only explored during my last practice edit. (LO1 & LO2) Once I was done I wearily uploaded my edit to the internet late that night. I was proud of my end product since I nearly cried making it.

The next day, I woke up to over 1,000 new notifications! I was a little taken aback to say the least, this was mostly a kind gesture to the Rose City Riveters more than anything else but I opened my socials to an outpouring of actions taken on my post. I had also hit 1.1k followers overnight and gotten 113 comments, 139 saves and made 3,107 impressions. I was honored by the numbers but mostly felt a wave of affection for the Thorns fans who flooded my comment section with their gratitude towards Tobin’s time with the Thorns and vented over how sad they were. I just felt happy that I could help them grieve their loss in whichever way I could. (LO7)

Since the file is too big here’s a link to it, make sure to watch on 1080p for better quality!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ylxdfwc29X26SCZN4RhRto-69mZnJ7VQ/view?usp=sharing

 

 

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