Over the past two Fridays, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls helped 1,600 needy children get backpacks full of school supplies for the coming school year. MaulyAnna, Frida Khill*ya, Smack Dahlia, Avida Sane, Sasha Degrader, Donna Diggler, Zootown Throwdown, Lizapalooza, and Raci Nikkers spent time packing the backpacks full of paper, notebooks, markers, calculators, USB drives, and other grade-appropriate supplies. Belle Wringer, Retox Fox, and Latin Crippler helped direct traffic and assist children in choosing their backpacks. We were happy to see so many children get the supplies they need to start another year of learning!
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Some of our Silicon Valley Roller Girls, refs, and a derby widow helped sort and assemble food care packages for the needy at Sacred Heart Community Service on Saturday. Satan’s Kitten, Mr. Kitten, Broken BabyDoll, Jonny Demonic, and Catherine Beata Bones joined other One Brick volunteers to help package over 1000 bags of food to be distributed in the San Jose area.
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
Conquering injustice was the prescribed theme of the La Mesa Verde service project at Sacred Heart Community Service Center (SHCS) project that ten Silicon Valley Roller Girls affiliates, including skaters Death by Dollface, Kimfectious, Smash ‘n’ Burn, Smack Dahlia, MaulyAnna, and Lucia took on this 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Sacred Heart’s representative, Todd Madigan, used the above qutoe as his opening words. The center has been given many accolades in the local community for their newest venture to provide for the many families of the San Jose community including articles in the San Jose Mercury News and even the New York Times.
We began the day bright and early arriving at the SHCS downtown home base at 9 a.m. There was a line of volunteers waiting to check in wrapped around the outside of the building despite the torrential downpour that didn’t show any signs of letting up. We were divided into over 25 groups mixed with other groups more prepared with garden tools to prepare for digging planter boxes into local community homes.
Our task was simple. We were given two homes where we would be preparing planter boxes that teams would later return to install drip systems and plant vegetable gardens in hopes of sustaining a local community with food. Sounds simple? This was hard work! Our first site was a beautiful grass lawn that we had to dig up which the rain made it very difficult to penetrate. The rain subsided for us at the second house which helped and the family already had a skeleton of a garden with rich soil that just needed to be trenched to lay the planter boxes. It’s a good thing we have lots of mud experience from our annual mud wrestling!
Since SHCS encourages reflection with their work, I thought I would leave you with some thoughts. As Todd described the impact of what the La Mesa Verde project had on the local community he explained how much these seemingly small boxes (6′ x 3′ planters) produce for the families that are not able to purchase adequate nutrients for the their families. The families that are being given the tools and taught to produce their own gardens will be able to grow enough produce to not only feed themselves but extend to their neighbors and friends. SHCS’s number of families served has grown in masses over the past years where a standard soup kitchen setup is not adequate to serve the growing need. If five hours of our time can help sustain a small community, that is well worth my time.
Here is a message from our new Head of Community Service, Satan’s Kitten. Sacred Heart Community Service is one of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ community partners. We donated the proceeds from our last bout to them, and recently several of our girls worked as helpers and elves during their holiday toy drive and distribution. From Kitten:
I visited with Sacred Heart on Friday and they could really use some donations. Although there is a flood of giving around the holidays, things tend to slow down at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, need knows no season, and assistance is of particular importance during the winter months. The center is in particular need of clothing and toiletries. C’mon, you know you resolved to clean out your closets and cabinets this year, and this is the perfect opportunity to see those items go to those who need them. Here is what they need. Every item helps!
– New and used clothing/shoes of all kinds
– New and gently used blankets, sleeping bags, and warm coats and jackets
– Socks and underwear of all sizes
– Baby diapers, body soap, toilet paper
– Travel toiletries for our hygiene kits (e.g., the ones you collect at hotels but never remember to use)
– Baby formula (pref. Enfamil with Iron)
Donations need to be be dropped off Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM, and Saturdays, 9AM to 12PM, at 1381 South First Street in downtown San Jose. There are two sets of large double doors at the back of the building marked “Donations.”
However, if you have goods to donate but can’t make it to those hours, we can arrange for you to drop off items at San Jose Skate during our practice the night of Sunday, January 17. If you would like to make arrangements to drop items off at this time, please contact Kitten at firstname.lastname@example.org .
On a related note, if you’ve got a green thumb (or just elbow grease to spare), Sacred Heart is also looking for community volunteers to help build raised-bed gardens on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18. The shift is from 9 to 2. Some of SVRG will be out there helping–if you would like to join us, email email@example.com .
On behalf of Sacred Heart and the people they serve, thank you!