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The Family Serving Breakfast to Homeless Individuals (2)

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I have met this family multiple times. I conducted extensive interviews, visited the bakery several times to capture the process of preparing food, and attended the breakfast serving events twice. Each time, I was both surprised and moved by their honest and sincere demeanor. The three children always participated alongside their parents, performing their roles diligently. Their collective effort to help the homeless is undeniably beautiful and noble.

Emmy Helps Despite Her Injury
On a Saturday morning in the first week of June, I visited the bakery. New faces were helping out that day, including the family’s longtime friends and Emmy, an 8th-grade girl around 13 years old. Emmy had an injured leg, supported by a brace below her left thigh. I was taken aback and asked, “How can you work in this condition?”
She replied, “It’s okay. I’m just grateful I can still contribute.” Emmy had undergone knee surgery and was recovering, but she found the pain bearable enough to help. This scenario would be unimaginable in Korea. Despite understanding her willingness, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was right to let a young student who had just undergone surgery take on such tasks.
What astonished me even more was Emmy’s expression. She was beaming with joy, enjoying her time preparing food. Emmy also joined in distributing breakfast at Colfax Ave. Despite her inability to bend her leg, she was cheerful and actively participated in the volunteer work. Seeing her mother happily helping too, it was evident where Emmy inherited her spirit.

Lee Family’s Impact
The Lee Family’s actions extend beyond just serving breakfast. They spread love and compassion, positively influencing many. Highlighting such hidden human stories is the goal of this column. More people like them can foster a healthy and beautifully developed Korean community in Colorado.

Stories from the Recipients
I accompanied the family to the breakfast distribution site twice, meeting homeless individuals, day laborers, and refugees. In early March, the cold weather kept many away, but last Saturday, about 60 to 70 people came to receive food. During the preparation time, I heard their heartfelt stories.
Most of them were from Latin America or Africa, with no stable jobs, working day by day. Some were refugees. They had families waiting at home, and a missed day of work meant a day without food. Many had several children. Sometimes, they waited here from early morning, hoping for work.
They were genuinely grateful to the Lee Family for the delicious meals, especially the Korean chicken, which they praised highly. When I mentioned my love for chicken too, they were delighted. They sat down along the roadside to eat immediately, hoping someone would come by and offer them work.
Rena Peterson, an 86-year-old grandmother, was also present, embodying the beauty of those who give love. Despite being close to 90 and needing care herself, her dedication to helping others was truly noble. I wished for her continued health.
That first Saturday in June, the family prepared food for 100 people, but only 60 to 70 showed up, leaving some meals uneaten. After serving everyone present, they drove to nearby parks to distribute the remaining breakfast to other homeless individuals. I followed in my car, witnessing their respectful distribution, ensuring recipients didn’t feel ashamed. Many approached the Lee Family’s vehicle, expressing their gratitude while accepting the food.

Lee Family’s Unyielding Commitment
The Lee Family tirelessly helps the less fortunate. After seven years, they might feel exhausted and justified in thinking they’ve done enough. However, they intend to continue this work as long as possible. While they wish to serve breakfast daily, financial constraints limit them to twice a month. They hope for more funding to provide better and more abundant meals.
They meticulously record donations, purchase receipts, and issue acknowledgment letters and tax receipts to ensure transparency. It’s our turn to extend the love we’ve received to our less fortunate neighbors, who desperately await our help.

To be continued in the next issue. Refer to the May 30th edition for the first article.

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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