Now this is how you make the most of a lunch break.
While many of us use this time to scarf down a sandwich, run to the post office, or pick up a birthday card, Chicago’s Kasonja Holley uses her precious hour to give back to her community.
Every Thursday for the last two years, Holley takes about $120 of own money to buy and deliver 20 boxed lunches to Chicago’s homeless. And as WGN reports, she doesn’t just give out food — she also hands out household necessities like face towels, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and other toiletries.
It’s all part of her “Love in Motion” project to help feed the hungry and inspire others in the process.
Why would she do such a thing? As Holley told WGN, “It’s really not for me….I don’t look for any reward. I just do it because it’s a good thing to do.”
The Huffington Post reports that besides having a full-time office job, Holley is also a part-time suite attendant at the United Center to help cover costs for Love in Motion. She also has a GoFundMe page to keep her project funded.
Incredibly, after news got out about her work, her fundraising site received a flood of donations, collecting over $4,800 in just three days.
She wrote on her GoFundMe page that “EVERY PENNY of this money will go toward helping the less fortunate,” adding, that she’s raised enough money to purchase lunches for an entire year.
While some of Chicago’s homeless won’t go hungry on Thursdays because of people like Kasonja Holley, there are way too many Americans who do not have money for food or a home. According to a report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, there are more than 610,000 people who currently do not have a roof over their heads.
However, it’s big hearts like Holley’s that demonstrate we don’t have to do a lot to make a big difference. And perhaps it can start by simply stepping away from that desk during lunch.