Just a few weeks ago we received a care package from UPS thanking us for our involvement in their national holiday campaign, #WishesDelivered. There was no question that we would use this gift towards Ellis, Clifton and Jerry, three men who are working their hardest to transition out of homelessness.
Going off of this awesome campaign, we decided to plan a two-part surprise for the guys. The first, was to bring in local taco company, Torchy’s Tacos, and the second was using UPS’s gift to help deliver each of the guys a wish.
If you’ve ever tried planning a surprise party, you know that it takes a fair amount of stealth to successfully accomplish it. We tried to tap into that by casually bringing up the topic of wishes to each of the guys. Ellis wished for togetherness, Clifton wished to be 21 again and Jerry wished he could walk straight.
Going off of the conversations we had with the guys, and their needs, we took UPS's gracious contribution and doubled it! So what now? Well, as much as we wish, we can’t turn back time for Clifton or grant Jerry his wish to be able to walk straight again but Ellis's wish of togetherness was something that we all agreed was so fundamental.
That morning the team worked together to decorate and prepare everything in order to celebrate these great guys! As they walked into a room filled with balloons and streamers we all excitingly surprised them by shouting, “Welcome home, good morning guys!”
We had gifts waiting for them on the table as they walked into the upstairs lounge. Both Clifton and Ellis received bus passes and Jerry a gas card. This was something we knew they needed and could use daily. As we sipped our coffee and bit into our tacos we talked about wishes, dreams and hometowns. It became pretty clear that this team was more like a family.
A very special thanks goes out to UPS for helping us deliver wishes to Ellis, Clifton and Jerry, as well as to Torchy’s Tacos for supplying damn good food! Not to mention the amazing coffee from our neighbors, Cuvée Coffee.
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