One Lesson the Winter Storm Taught Me

Those first snowflakes didn’t feel like anything impossible. Just a bit of an adjustment to a dusty photograph, like teeth whitening. During the night, the snow muffled my nightmares, sang with my hopes of more snow, and danced to the ground. Overnight though, everything changed. Waking up that day, I remember feeling weird. Too much silence. Usually, there might be a sound of a car driving by, yet today was different. Remembering the soft snowflakes drifting down last evening, I excitedly climbed out of my bed wishing for as much snow as possible, I LOVED snow. Little did I know that this would negatively impact millions of people and teach us a very important lesson.

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Hope…but When?

In February, we packed and delivered a total of 200 bags to the homeless communities across the city. Some of us wrote cards. Some of us came to pack. Some of us baked cookies. And some of us went to deliver. These bags are making a huge impact, not only the essential items such as socks and snacks, but also the encouraging words on the cards, the Chinese red envelopes, and most importantly, the heart and kindness we put into each and every one of these bags. 

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PVSA Winner: Ryan Liu

Bruce Lee once said,

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work, and into your life. There are no limits.”

Ryan Liu is a dedicated volunteer who embraces this concept in his goals and community service. Ryan is a determined sophomore student at Cedar Park High School in Austin, Texas as well as a member of the Austin Chinese-American Network. Over the past year, Ryan not only served his community in his local city, but he also reached beyond and worked across the world to serve communities beyond his limits.

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