We wrapped up the year at Gaia with our Annual Gaia Holiday Party. For this year’s event we decided to help those in need by creating ‘hygiene packages’ for the local homeless population. After a company lunch, our entire staff went to Costco and purchased socks, multi-vitamins, bottled water, wet wipes and Ziploc bags to neatly store all the items and protect valuables from the rain. Over the next few hours we had a blast, and along with the help of some friends, we put together 1000 hygiene packages. Finally, we were ready for the next phase, distribution.
On the Martin Luther King Holiday, Gaia spent a portion of the day handing out our “hygiene packages’ to local communities in need. We started our day at the Downtown Women’s Center, a Los Angeles based non-profit focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women. We helped serve lunch to 140 women and handed out our hygiene packages along with a warm lunch.
Over the years, Gaia has enjoyed a great relationship with the Downtown Women’s Center, and in 2006, when the organization converted a historic Skid Row building into their new center, Gaia served as the LEED consultant and delivered cost effective strategies to achieve LEED Silver. (Check out the case study) Since then, Gaia has continued to volunteer time at the center.
After lunch, Gaia hit the streets of Skid Row and handed up hundreds of these hygiene packages to the homeless. We want to thank Drive By Do Gooders, a Los Angeles based non-profit, for providing tips and best-practices. The people we interacted with were extremely grateful to receive a fresh pair of socks, multi-vitamins, bottled water and wet wipes.
We ended our day in Venice, where we handed out the last of our packages to the homeless community in our backyard. Events like these always remind you that what matters in life is the simple things, the roof over our head, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the people we share these with.