// July 09, 2021
Respectful encounters in Hamburg
Live To Love-CARE: in the name of humanity
When delivering the bags as part of the CARE initiative, conversations often develop with the elderly as they look back on their lives and share what means the most to them.
This week in Winterhude, we met a man who has been washing trucks for decades - his dream job, as he told us with shining eyes. For him, it was very fulfilling to have conversations with drivers who, after hundreds of kilometers of driving, were happy to finally exchange a few words with someone again. Many thanked him with a hand salute behind the windshield after the wash as they left - for the encounter and the clean truck. A woman for whom her husband means everything and who is completely absorbed in her caring love: he currently requires dialysis at night. To save him a stay in the clinic, she has learned how to use the computer to help clean his kidneys. Another senior citizen was delighted with the homemade jam and leeks in the bags - she loves nature's treasures - and tells us how much she enjoys admiring everything that grows and blooms in her neighborhood.
This time, in addition to dried organic peppermint, the bags also contained an information sheet about the ingredients and effects of this ancient medicinal herb - delighted, said one woman: "Now I know how healthy it is". A Live To Love member works as a caregiver for the elderly, he knows about the often depressing loneliness of people, many of whom no longer have a family - and experiences his work as very fulfilling. He also delivered CARE bags again this week. In addition, a Live To Love team visited the homeless in downtown Hamburg. One man sat in a wheelchair with inflamed legs and talked about his rocker life - the brief exchange distracted him, he said, from the pain on many levels.
CARE - and happiness illuminates every day!
The homemade dog food, which a homeless man gratefully accepted for his two dogs, also met with a great response.