The season of giving got off to an inspirational start earlier this week with the rescue of the Bakersfield Burrito Project's annual Thanksgiving event.
The volunteer group has handed out burritos, along with clothes and hygiene kits, to the homeless for the past three years at Central Park in downtown Bakersfield. As is often the case, what started out as a small, barely noticed event has gotten big and successful enough that it has to adhere to certain rules intended to protect community property and public health. For the Burrito Project this year, that meant a $1,000 permit to use the park and additional permits to distribute food to the public.
When those demands threatened to derail this year's feed just days before Thanksgiving, the community jumped into action. American Sound Recording Studio offered its parking lot, just down the way from Central Park, to stage the burrito giveaway. And volunteers have offered to spread word at the park that the event is now a few blocks away since there's really no other way to effectively get the word out to a population that has no phones, text messaging or email.
Kudos to the Burrito brigade and the groups and individuals who made this year's event possible. And special thanks are in order for Supervisor Karen Goh, who helped ease tensions among some individuals who were furious at local government officials who were only doing their job in imposing the rules.