Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Being a bit of a bookish type, I usually looked forward to the start of the school year. This was likely also aided by the fact that my siblings and I were latchkey kids, meaning our summers were usually spent whiling away the hours cooped up in our home. School would be a welcome change of pace. It’s also when the weather turns and even in coastal Los Angeles, that’s a bit of a welcome sight. Finally, it’s the season I most associate with comfort and family, with the Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations bunched together. My memories of this time of year always fill me with joy.
It is a major contrast, then, to do work with vulnerable communities like I so (I am an immigrant rights advocate) and reckon with the tenuous realities of people’s lives. People, for example, struggling to keep the lights on due to a spouse being detained in an immigrant detention center, or wondering whether to choose to buy food for themselves or purchase medication that their children need. Doing so at this time of year is particularly difficult.
Thankfully, there are organizations out there like Liverpool FC’s Red Neighbours that seeks to be bridge the gap and serve people that might otherwise fall between the cracks. As you know, this work is obviously important to me, so we love to highlight what they do from time to time. In the most recent update provided by the club, it appears that staff members from the club assisted the North Liverpool Foodbank by helping to prepare food parcels.
Apart from this particular visit, the club have also worked with the Foodbank by hosting collections at Anfield and delivering the goods. According to the club, these donations by fans account for approximately 20% of the Foodbank’s total donations throughout the year. This is one spectacular way in which the club and fanbase live out the You’ll Never Walk Alone ethos.