The holiday season is a time to reflect on all of the things that we have to be thankful for. Part of reflecting back on our blessings, though, is understanding that there are those in our world as well as those in our own community who are not nearly as fortunate as we are.
At AUHS, we wanted to do something this holiday season to give back some of the blessings we’ve been given and make the holidays a more comfortable, enjoyable time for those in our community who are struggling. At our quarterly Acts of Love event, AUHS students and staff members gave out groceries to the homeless and free flu vaccines were administered by our School of Pharmacy faculty.
The event was an amazing success. All told, we gave out 600 turkeys, 3,000 pounds of carrots, 6,000 pounds of potatoes, 3,000 pounds of yams, 3,000 pounds of rice, 600 boxes of stuffing, and 1200 cans of vegetables to the homeless in our community. In addition to this, 74 people received a free flu vaccination from our School of Pharmacy faculty.
“I am incredibly proud of the way our students, faculty, and entire community came together to care for others through this event,” said AUHS President Caroll Ryan, “Acts of kindness such as this are what the holiday spirit is all about.”
At AUHS, we hope you have an excellent holiday season spending time with the ones you love. We also hope that you’ll take the time to spread around a little love, kindness, and generosity this holiday season and all the months that follow it. You might not be able to change the world with a single act of kindness, but the opportunity to change someone else’s world for the better is all around you each and every day.
We would like to give a special thanks to our partner schools and social service agencies in Long Beach and Signal Hill that AUHS Foundation distributed vouchers to so they can identify the families in need:
Lafayette Elementary School
Bobbi Smith Community School
Signal Hill Elementary School
Whittier Elementary School
Alvarado Elementary School
United Cambodian Community
Cambodian Association of America
Pacific Asian Counseling Services
Lutheran Social Services
WIC- Women, Infant & Children program