In the month of May I shared an interview with Lolly Galvin from Philadelphia (Full article here). Lolly is the Founder of The Dignity Project, a non-profit organization that provides essentials to the homeless while sharing their stories with others. She has recently returned from traveling across the country (stopping in 13 different states) to feed and give ‘Dignity Bags’ to the homeless.
As I followed her recent tour across the U.S., listened to her heartfelt stories and saw visuals of all those she came in contact with, I knew I needed to share the rest of her story with you. Her efforts have not only touched countless homeless people, but also refreshed our outlook on humanity.
I know you will be inspired by her tour recap below:
Lolly Galvin: Such little time left living out of this van. It has been a month that has changed me forever. I remember picking up the keys and starting the drive to DC having no idea what I was in for. Just knowing there was a map and a calendar. For a month this van has been home and these windows my view as I sat with curious eyes and a hopeful heart. There is nothing you cannot do in this world if you choose love and trust the voice that says ‘yes’ even when there’s whisper of doubt. My mind took a while to catch up and understand that I could do this, and it was done because people believed in me and funded this.
So I say, when I read the posts of, ‘I see humans, but no humanity,’—look harder.
Humanity is living and breathing but it doesn’t have a neon sign and it doesn’t post on Instagram. It’s simple, small moments rather than large grand gestures. It’s delicate. The man who helps an elderly woman with her bags. The store clerk who smiles and genuinely asks how your day is. It’s when I give and an observer (which is common) says, ‘wow that was kind of you.’ Humanity is connection. The spark of sharing a moment with someone else where you KNOW you spin around the same sun and the differences between you disappear.”
I was told by many people (with good intentions) to be careful. I get it. I’m a chick, and homeless people are “scary.” But 13 cities in and a country traveled I’ve gotten hugs, handshakes, smiles, and immense gratitude. The world is unfairly painted as a fearful place. One where you need weapons, where you must live defensively, and where you must cut yourself off from connection. Not surprisingly, situated high up in a metaphorical cave, people can’t see light.
Open your doors. Roll down your window. Spread your arms wide open.
Learn more about Lolly’s full tour and connect with her continued endeavors: Instagram: @realhumanist
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