DENVER — Every month volunteers from all walks of life join together downtown at the Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom to make sack lunches for those in need.
Sunday, hundreds filled bags to fill tummies; slicing; stuffing and filling in an assembly line with messages of hope, written on the paper bags by children.
Julie Wilson said, “It’s inspiring. It’s really great to see so many people come together once a month to do this.” She came from Aurora to help make sack lunches for the hungry.
Dejaun Stevenson-Irvin came with his mom to volunteer. “Giving them a good meal when it’s cold outside, that’s at least comforting for me.”
Shawn Robinson brought her kids and her nephew to help. “It’s necessary that we give back, we have to, and I want to instill that in my children and my family because you never know, we might be the one that might need the help one day.”
That’s exactly how Impact got started. “I was literally $10 away from being homeless. I had to sell my truck and started going to food shelters,” said Travis Smith. He said he lost everything when a business partner embezzled from him. “I stopped judging and I decided it was time to make a change in myself and start helping out,” he said. What started out as five guys in his house has now grown to hundreds of volunteers across nine cities.
“I saw a photo of this last month and I tracked down Travis and said I want to help,” said Wilson.
Everything is donated from the food and blankets to toiletries and time. “It’s about people pitching in, whatever they can, whether that’s $5, $10, $20,” Smith said.