Imagine a world where hunger and homelessness is non-existant. Imagine a world where people join together to create warmth, hope, inspiration, even joy.
Sounds silly? Maybe it does. But it’s usually the silliest ideas that sparks an opportunity for change.
In this case, that opportunity is called A Slice of Hope.
It all started in 2007 when one man came up with the idea to throw a pizza party at a homeless shelter in New York City. A silly idea, he was told by a few, today this idea has grown into a yearly nationwide event where pizza parties take place with live music at homeless shelters, service centers and temporary housings in over 25 states!
It all began in 1 state back in 2007, grew to 4 states in 2008, then to 25 states in 2009. You can just imagine how much of a difference this silly act of kindness has made.
In 2015, PMQ Pizza Magazine teamed up with A Slice of Hope in order to bring awareness to this wonderful cause by assisting with fundraisers to help sponsor and donate pizzas. This fun and exciting charity event gives shelter guests – even volunteers – something to look forward to every year. Helping others, well… just feeds the soul! 😉
So who is this man that started this? Well, the man that started this random act of kindness is Obaid Kadwani, a Bollywood actor, business director for a nonprofit called eyeBlink, philanthropist, and friend who has inspired myself to Be The Change.
The purpose of this effort? To eat pizza of course! But to also share smiles, hope and joy with the intent to eradicate hunger someday.
It all started with one silly idea, remember? And this silly idea inspired me to become a volunteer and help throw a pizza party at a shelter in Orlando, Florida in 2009. With the help of many donors and volunteers, we hosted our very first pizza party at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission (check out video of our first party here). Little did we know meeting so many families and children would have such an impact on us. The gratitude the shelter guests shared just for receiving hot pizza, which they rarely get to enjoy, made us realize how much we take for granted.
In 2010, we just had to do it again! This time we hosted an additional party at the Christian Service Center West Orange in Ocoee, Florida. The experience was amazing and brought many to tears when a guest at the service center sang a song expressing his gratitude (see video here).
In 2011, The Real Sheba, singer and artist of the popular reggae song “Love this Lifetime” made her way to Orlando to sing live for our shelter guests at two locations (see videos and photos here). It was a memorable experience!
The opportunity to raise optimism and joy continues every year in Central Florida as our number of donors and volunteers grows with more support.
Last year, we learned about an organization that took my breath away. A pastor by the name of Skip feeds the homeless “on the street”, hence Word on the Street Homeless Ministries. Pastor Skip and his volunteers prepares a number of dishes and brings it to a tent which they set up outside in East Orlando every Sunday “on the street” to feed the homeless.
The most wonderful thing about A Slice of Hope is that it brings so many people together with a desire to achieve one common goal – to help one another and those in need. It gives us an opportunity to share our personal stories, connect with one another spiritually and to remind each other that there is always a way. There is always hope!
A Slice of Hope brings friends, family, volunteers, coworkers, shelter guests, photographers, DJs, sponsors and so many people together with a sense of creativity and common interests in order to help those in need while being the change we wish to see in our world.
This, my friends, is truly a gift. This is the gift of Love.
If you are interested in making a direct donation, we would love and appreciate your support! ❤