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ᴍᴀʏʙᴇ ɪᴛꜱ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜꜱᴇ ɪ ᴀᴍ ᴘʀᴏᴜᴅ ᴏꜰ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴍʏ ꜱᴏɴ ᴅᴏᴇꜱ, ᴍᴀʏʙᴇ ɪᴛꜱ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜꜱᴇ ᴍʏ ᴅᴀᴅ ꜱᴇʀᴠᴇᴅ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴛᴡᴏ ᴅᴇᴄᴀᴅᴇꜱ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀʀᴍʏ, ᴏʀ ᴍᴀʏʙᴇ ɪᴛꜱ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜꜱᴇ ɪ ᴀᴍ ᴘᴀꜱꜱɪᴏɴᴀᴛᴇ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ꜱᴜᴘᴘᴏʀᴛɪɴɢ ᴏᴜʀ ᴍɪʟɪᴛᴀʀʏ ᴍᴇɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴏᴍᴇɴ ᴡʜᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ꜱᴇʀᴠᴇᴅ ᴏᴜʀ ᴄᴏᴜɴᴛʀʏ. ᴇɪᴛʜᴇʀ ᴡᴀʏ ᴍʏ ʜᴏᴘᴇꜱ ᴡʜᴇɴ ᴘᴏꜱᴛɪɴɢ ᴛʜɪꜱ ᴛɪᴋᴛᴏᴋ ᴡᴀꜱ ᴛᴏ ʙʀɪɴɢ ᴀᴡᴀʀᴇɴᴇꜱꜱ ᴛᴏᴡᴀʀᴅꜱ ʜᴏᴍᴇʟᴇꜱꜱ ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀᴀɴꜱ.
ᴍʏ ꜱᴏɴ ᴡᴀꜱ ᴏꜰꜰᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ɪɴ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇʀᴄɪᴀʟ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʜᴀɴᴅꜱ ᴀᴄʀᴏꜱꜱ ᴀᴛʟᴀɴᴛᴀ ᴛᴏ ʜᴇʟᴘ ʙʀɪɴɢ ᴀᴡᴀʀᴇɴᴇꜱꜱ ᴏɴ ᴛʜɪꜱ ᴍᴀᴊᴏʀ ɪꜱꜱᴜᴇ ɪɴ ᴏᴜʀ ᴄᴏᴜɴᴛʀʏ ʀᴇɢᴀʀᴅɪɴɢ ᴏᴜʀ ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀᴀɴꜱ. ᴛʜᴇ ᴛɪᴋᴛᴏᴋ ɪ ᴘᴏꜱᴛᴇᴅ ʜᴀᴅ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ ᴅᴏᴡɴ ɪɴᴛᴏ 2 ᴘᴀʀᴛꜱ ʙᴜᴛ ɪ ᴀʟꜱᴏ ɪɴᴄʟᴜᴅᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇʜɪɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ꜱᴄᴇɴᴇꜱ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜᴇ ꜰɪʟᴍɪɴɢ ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇꜱꜱ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍʏ ꜱᴏɴ ᴛᴏᴏᴋ ᴘᴀʀᴛ ɪɴ. ɪᴛ ᴡᴀꜱ ᴛʀᴜʟʏ ᴀ ᴘʀᴏᴜᴅ ᴍᴏᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴛᴏ ꜱᴇᴇ ᴍʏ ꜱᴏɴ ʙᴇ ᴀᴘᴀʀᴛ ᴏꜰ ꜱᴏᴍᴇᴛʜɪɴɢ ꜱᴏ ɪᴍᴘᴏʀᴛᴀɴᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴍʏꜱᴇʟꜰ ʙᴜᴛ ᴀʟꜱᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏɴɢ ʟɪɴᴇ ᴏꜰ ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀᴀɴꜱ ɪɴ ᴏᴜʀ ꜰᴀᴍɪʟʏ. ʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ꜱᴏ ᴍᴜᴄʜ ꜰᴜɴ ᴛᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴘᴀʀᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ꜰᴇʟᴛ ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴀ ᴍᴏᴠɪᴇ ꜱᴛᴀʀ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴀᴋɪɴɢ.
ʙᴇʟᴏᴡ ɪꜱ ᴀ ʟᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ ꜰʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ꜰᴏᴜɴᴅᴇʀ/ᴘʀᴇꜱɪᴅᴇɴᴛ ᴍᴀʀᴄᴜꜱ ᴀᴄᴏꜱᴛᴀ. ʜᴇ ɪꜱ ᴀɴ ᴀᴍᴀᴢɪɴɢ ᴍᴀɴ ᴡʜᴏ ᴛʀᴜʟʏ ᴄᴀʀᴇꜱ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴏᴍᴇʟᴇꜱꜱ ᴠᴇᴛꜱ ᴀɴᴅ ɪꜱ ᴠᴇʀʏ ᴍᴜᴄʜ ᴡᴏʀᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇᴀᴅ
Letter from the Founder
Thank you so much for your interest in Hands Across Atlanta.
My name is Marcus Acosta, and I am honored to be the Founder of one of Atlanta’s fastest-growing nonprofit Organizations.
Our mission all began when I was 23. While going through my Mother’s stage 4 cancer, I experienced an incredible change. It was as if I suddenly realized that my life needed more meaning. I left my well-paying office job and began searching for a way to serve others. Incredibly, my Mother beat the Cancer, and out of this tragic event, something beautiful emerged.
A friend and I were feeling burdened by the stresses of what was going on around us. We decided to get out of our funk and do something about it. Our initial plan was to bring a few bologna sandwiches to the park. What happened to us was life-changing. We suddenly realized that our problems seemed so insignificant. We had taken our first step.
We started to ask our friends and family if they would like to join us once a month, going downtown to help the homeless as a way of sharing this incredible feeling with others.
In response, we found ourselves leading groups of friends and strangers into what has grown to become known as our Monthly “Potluck in the Park.” What started as one or two friends quickly became hundreds of men and women. Suddenly we were going Viral throughout Atlanta!
We have never stopped. Hundreds of volunteers, just like you, join us every single month, to share their gifts with those less fortunate, to better the lives of those living on the streets of Atlanta. Through hard work and long hours, we have managed to provide hot meals, clothing, blankets, personal hygiene products, and even services like free haircuts.
Through our unique dentistry program, we have given Veterans the dental assistance they needed. Many have returned with horrific dental problems caused by their services overseas. Dentists from all over the Atlanta area have answered our calls for help. They have been donating their services for free to fix some very extreme cases.
Our latest endeavor was an invitation from the Atlanta Public School system to help underprivileged children receive the same benefits as their peers. In response, we have run costume drives, toy drives, and school supply outreach so these children can come to school prepared for success.
We plan on bringing bring sunshine to the world of those who live in darkness, as well as help anybody we can to get back on their feet.
Every dollar donated to help others comes back two-fold, helping feed those that are hungry and giving pride back to those who served so honorably. I believe we are capable of making a difference, and any time you contribute to that difference, we leave the world a better place for our Children.
Thank you very much on behalf of our Hands Across Atlanta Family.
President / Founder
ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇʀᴄɪᴀʟ ꜱᴛᴀʀᴛꜱ ᴏᴜᴛ ꜱʜᴏᴡɪɴɢ ᴛʜɪꜱ ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀᴀɴ ɢʀᴏᴡɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ. ʏᴏᴜ ꜱᴇᴇ ʜɪᴍ ᴀꜱ ᴀ ʙᴀʙʏ, ᴛʜᴇɴ ᴀ ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ʙᴏʏ ʟᴇᴀʀɴɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ʀɪᴅᴇ ᴀ ʙɪᴋᴇ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇɴ ʜɪꜱ ᴘᴀʀᴇɴᴛꜱ ꜱᴇɴᴅɪɴɢ ʜɪᴍ ᴏꜰꜰ ᴡʜᴇɴ ʜᴇ ᴊᴏɪɴꜱ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍɪʟɪᴛᴀʀʏ.
ᴘᴀʀᴛ 2 ᴏꜰ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇʀᴄɪᴀʟ ʏᴏᴜ ꜱᴇᴇ ʜɪᴍ ɪɴ ᴄᴏᴍʙᴀᴛ ᴀꜰᴛᴇʀ ʙᴇɪɴɢ ꜱᴇɴᴛ ᴏꜰꜰ ꜰɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ ꜰᴏʀ ᴏᴜʀ ᴄᴏᴜɴᴛʀʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇɴ ʜɪᴍ ᴀꜱ ᴀ ᴏʟᴅᴇʀ ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀᴀɴ ʜᴏᴍᴇʟᴇꜱꜱ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ꜱᴛʀᴇᴇᴛꜱ
ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ 3ʀᴅ ᴘᴀʀᴛ ɪꜱ ᴍʏ ᴏᴡɴ ᴘᴇʀꜱᴏɴᴀʟ ᴛᴏᴜᴄʜ ᴀꜱ ɪ ꜱᴀɪᴅ ꜱʜᴀʀɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇʜɪɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ꜱᴄᴇɴᴇꜱ ᴛᴏ ꜱʜᴏᴡ ᴍʏ ꜱᴏɴꜱ ᴘᴀʀᴛ ɪɴ ᴛʜɪꜱ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇʀᴄɪᴀʟ.
ʜᴀɴᴅꜱ ᴀᴄʀᴏꜱꜱ ᴀᴛʟᴀɴᴛᴀ ʜᴇʟᴘꜱ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴅᴇɴᴛᴀʟ ᴡᴏʀᴋ, ꜰᴏᴏᴅ, ᴄʟᴏᴛʜᴇꜱ, ʜʏɢɪᴇɴᴇ ᴘʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴛꜱ, ꜱᴇʀᴠɪᴄᴇꜱ ꜱᴜᴄʜ ᴀꜱ ʜᴀɪʀᴄᴜᴛꜱ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴅᴏɴ'ᴛ ꜱᴛᴏᴘ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴊᴜꜱᴛ ʜᴏᴍᴇʟᴇꜱꜱ ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀᴀɴꜱ. ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʟꜱᴏ ʜᴇʟᴘ ᴄʜɪʟᴅʀᴇɴ ɪɴ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅɪɴɢ ʀᴇꜱᴏᴜʀᴄᴇꜱ ꜰᴏʀ ꜰᴀᴍɪʟɪᴇꜱ ᴀɴᴅ ꜱᴜᴘᴘʟɪᴇꜱ ɴᴇᴇᴅᴇᴅ. ɪꜰ ʏᴏᴜ'ʀᴇ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀʀᴇᴀ ᴏꜰ ᴀᴛʟᴀɴᴛᴀ, ɢᴀ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʟꜱᴏ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴀᴄᴄᴇᴘᴛɪɴɢ ɴᴇᴡ ᴠᴏʟᴜɴᴛᴇᴇʀꜱ ᴛᴏ ʜᴇʟᴘ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴀᴜꜱᴇ. ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ꜱᴀɪᴅ, ɪ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ʀᴇᴀʟʟʏ ᴀᴘᴘʀᴇᴄɪᴀᴛᴇ ɪᴛ ɪꜰ ʏ'ᴀʟʟ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴡᴇʙꜱɪᴛᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʟꜱᴏ ʜᴇʟᴘ ᴏᴜʀ ᴛɪᴋᴛᴏᴋ ʀᴇᴀᴄʜ ᴛʜᴇ ꜰʏᴘ, ꜱᴏ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴀᴡᴀʀᴇɴᴇꜱꜱ ᴄᴀɴ ʙᴇ ʙʀᴏᴜɢʜᴛ ᴛᴏᴡᴀʀᴅꜱ ᴏᴜʀ ʜᴏᴍᴇʟᴇꜱꜱ ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀᴀɴꜱ. ɪ ᴛʜɪɴᴋ ɪᴛꜱ ᴡᴏʀᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜ ᴀɴᴅ ꜱᴜᴘᴘᴏʀᴛ, ɪ ʜᴏᴘᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴅᴏ ᴛᴏᴏ.
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