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The Family Serving Breakfast to 100 Homeless People

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Uncovering Hidden Human Stories…
In search of individuals who set an example in the Korean community, we aim to uncover and share hidden stories of beautiful love and dedication. This column is not designed to promote or elevate specific individuals. Instead, its purpose is to find those who quietly serve behind the scenes and document their efforts and love, thereby guiding the Korean community toward a more beautiful and cohesive future.

The Family Serving Breakfast to 100 Homeless People: Part I
While many people might amplify even the smallest efforts to gain recognition, there is a family—an 18-year-old son, a 15-year-old daughter, and a 13-year-old daughter—who prepare breakfast for 100 homeless and refugee individuals from the early hours of the morning. Despite their efforts, they prefer to remain anonymous. For the past seven years, they have carried out this work without seeking recognition within the Korean community. The Lee Family, who run SC Bakery, embody the principle of not letting the left hand know what the right hand is doing.

Inspired by the Memory of a Late Mother
Seven years ago, one afternoon, the daughter’s eyes filled with tears as she looked out the window, suddenly reminded of her late mother. Her mother used to run a small donut shop, where she would often give leftover donuts to homeless people who visited the shop, smiling brightly despite the financial strain. Remembering her mother’s actions, she decided to continue her legacy: “I need to carry on my mother’s work.” She first visited a food bank, witnessing the struggles of people who traveled over an hour by bus for food, sometimes arriving too late and leaving empty-handed.

Bringing Help to Those in Need
After serious family discussions, they concluded that instead of making people travel for food, they would bring food to them. They found Rena Peterson, an 86-year-old woman who had been serving meals to the homeless near Colfax Ave. for years, despite losing the support of her NPO. Seeing her dedication, they decided to join forces with her seven years ago.

Keeping Their Deeds Anonymous
The most touching aspect of their story is their desire to remain anonymous. They agreed to an interview only after being persuaded that it would highlight the cause, not their family. Despite their seven years of service, their work remained largely unknown, as they preferred to quietly help their neighbors in need. Every Saturday, they serve breakfast to homeless individuals, day laborers, and refugees—people who truly need assistance. The couple finds it heartbreaking that they cannot serve more people more frequently with better food.

Proud of Their Parents
When visited at their bakery on an early Saturday morning, the two daughters were busy helping prepare meals, wearing hygiene caps and aprons. Asked about their parents’ work, they replied without hesitation, “We are proud of our mom and dad” and “We will continue to help as much as we can.” These children, growing up with such role models, are likely to become individuals who will positively impact society.

How Do They Fund Their Efforts?
Initially, the couple used their own salaries to fund their efforts. Four to five years ago, they started using part of the income from their small bakery. Over time, additional support came from the Korean Christian Church and the family’s current church, which has been providing financial support and volunteers to help with meal preparation and distribution.

Transparency and Accountability
Their bakery operates with strict principles, selling leftover bread at a 50% discount the next day and meticulously managing all donations and funds. They established the SC Helping Foundation, an NPO, to ensure all donations are transparently managed. Receipts and financial records are meticulously maintained, with thank-you letters and tax receipts sent to donors.

Looking for More Support from the Korean Community
Their ultimate goal is to serve more people more frequently with better meals. They need more space, better facilities, and additional helping hands. The family hopes that the Korean community will support their efforts. The most desired food item among the homeless is fried chicken, which they regretfully cannot serve often enough due to limitations.

A Call to Action
Korean families who have endured hardships in America, reflecting on the help they received in tough times, are urged to extend a helping hand to the homeless, day laborers, and refugees. These individuals desperately need our support. <To be continued in the next issue

For Donations
Please make checks payable and mail to: SC Helping Foundation
15200 E. Iliff Ave. Ste B.Aurora, CO 80014
Phone: 720-772-0251
Email: schelpingfoundation@yahoo.com

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