my sixteen trips through Southern California, Arizona, New
Mexico and Texas, I discovered there are many people all around
the country who are suffering in poverty. I saw many people
sleeping in cardboard boxes, Indian Reservations with oil
running through their water source, housing that should be
abandoned where people are still living and young children
approaching me asking me for money for their families.
witnessing all this, it touched my heart and moved me to do
something to make a difference. I know what its like to go
to bed hungry. Now all I want to do is help others.
Our trucks and trailers were covered with quotes from Mother
Teresa, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Gandhi and the
message that displaced people in New Orleans still need help.
On the road and in traffic jams, there were so many concerned
citizens who talked to us, gave us money and repeatedly said,
“There should be more Americans doing this work”.
On the way, we would drive into communities and “hang
out” with locals. It struck me how the rest of the world
seemed to be driving by, intensely stare at us and then move
on unconcerned. After sitting and listening to the stories
of no jobs, no opportunities, fixed incomes and health problems,
the question repeatedly came up…“What can we do?”
This became one of the dominate conversations of the drivers
and volunteers on our journey. From these heartfelt talks,
I decided to create an organization to serve America, an organization
that would get individuals involved in service to each other
instead of depending on the government. At the same time,
it seemed important to send out the message – to awaken
people. To tell them how US citizens who are uneducated, down
on their luck, elderly on fixed incomes, teenagers and young
adults who don’t feel heard and dress differently and
people of color are being treated. That is how Follow Your
Heart Action Network came to be.