Not all heroes wear capes…
In fact, the word hero means: “A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. That means, that heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. Neighborhood Heroes is an organization in Miami Florida that makes their impact by helping anyone less fortunate.
On February 16th, 2019, BV305 had the chance to participate in HASHTAGLUNCHBAG (which is an event were lunch bags are made and distributed to those less fortunate). On this day, at 11am the Bearded Villains Miami met at The Motivational Edge in Miami and began putting together lunches.
The room was consumed with individual chatter as several groups of people split up into assembly lines to make and pack lunches. Peanut butter and jelly on one side of the room, turkey and cheese on the other.
Villains, their kids, as well as several other volunteers standing side by side, all working towards the same goal: to feed the hungry and less fortunate.
In a mere hour and a half, they were done. As a group, they stood together and listened to heartfelt stories from the creators of this organization about their life, their struggles, and how they got to where they were.
“I remember not really understanding what was going on. My dad said we were going to be driving to Miami to feed the less fortunate. But, its not something I’ve ever done,” said Xanthus, the son of one of BV305’s original members. “When we got there, all the villains were gathered outside. Standing around, waiting for the event to start. Once we started everything was so organized. Everyone had a job. Never knew working could be fun.”
Groups were made and sent off to two different locations to distribute the food. One went to liberty city, the other downtown.
“Dad and I went with the Liberty city team. We were told to knock on the doors of all the houses with painted doors and tell them we’re with HASHTAGLUNCHBAG and ask if they wanted lunches.” One by one the teams emptied their boxes of bagged lunches. “After a while, a bunch of other kids that lived in the development wanted to help. We went to every house trying to distribute as many bags as possible. It was my goal to get rid of every one of them.”
The teams finished passing out the food, and what was left was brought to Miami Rescue to further aid in feeding those in need.
Not all heroes fly around town stopping crime. In fact, anybody can be a hero. All they need, is a cause to stand behind, and a means in which to support that cause. We can’t solve world hunger. But when we pull together, we can make sure that less people go to sleep hungry on any given day.
“I’ve never thought about the less fortunate before. The only life I’ve known is the one my family as provided me with. That day, I got to see how other people live. People who don’t have money for an xbox, or new shoes, or in this case food for the house. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back, and I look forward to the next event where I can help make someone’s day a little bit better.”
On February 16th, 2019, with an organization with great intentions to stand beside… a group of villains became heroes. So, the question for everyone reading this is, “Who are you going to save today?”