I know from personal experience this organization does great things!
Several years ago,on a Saturday morning, I had to visit the public library in Wichita, KS to do some research. As I walked to the entrance I noticed some people wearing T-shirts that said “Free Hugs”. I was somewhat taken aback by this, but it’s hard to refuse a nine-year old’s offer of a hug.
They said they belonged to a group called “One Spark” and invited me to the park across the street where they were serving lunch to anyone at no cost (well almost). I was intrigued by their offer and decided to do so.
When I arrived at the park I saw a huge crowd of people there, mostly homeless or “street” types but also just your everyday kind of folks. All were very friendly and seemed to be truly enjoying themselves, especially the servers. I got in the serving line and when my turn came a man introduced himself as David and said the meal was completely free with the exception that everyone was charged at least one hug and then proceeded to give me a huge bear hug. Later I learned his name is David Hill.
After having a paper plate of delicious barbecued beef and various side dishes handed to me, I looked around at the several tables for a place to sit and noticed something. They were not segregated in any way. Everyone sat with everyone. In other words the “respectable” or more well off people sat right along side “street people” or less well off. And everyone was enjoying the company of the others.
As I ate I learned there were boxes of used clothing, basic hygiene items, shoes, etc. free for the taking to anyone in need. I was told that this happened every Saturday rain or shine and to be sure and “come back again sometime!” I did!
I no longer live in Wichita, I’ve moved to another state, but every now and then I think about my time with them and the people they help. It always makes me smile.
One Spark isn’t a religious organisation or anything like that. They just believe that one act of kindness or “Spark” can affect another person in ways we may not even realise. In trying to practice this I have seen that this is so.
Try “Sparking” someone in need or maybe just a stranger who looks like they’re having a rough day and see how it makes you feel. I promise that even if it doesn’t make their day it will certainly make yours!
You may contact One Spark at http://www.1spark.net and also through Facebook.
“On Saturday October 19, 2013 Walter White mourners are invited to attend a final farewell to the man, the myth and the legend, at his final resting place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Services will take place at Sunset Memorial Park at 4:30pm. Breaking Bad set decorator Michael Flowers will deliver the eulogy. The Vernon’s Steakhouse Walter White funeral reception starts at 8:00pm. Attendance at both the funeral service and reception require payment with all proceeds going to the Vernon’s Steakhouse Walter White Endowment Fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation benefiting Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH). Michael Baird, owner of Vernon’s Steakhouse states, “This is an enormous opportunity for the Albuquerque community to benefit again from the worldwide phenomenon of Breaking Bad. With this event and the creation of the Vernon’s Steakhouse Walter White Endowment Fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Walter White’s legacy and final amends will have a positive impact on Albuquerque for many years to come.”
By participating in these events, in person and/or by purchasing items or making donations online, one is contributing to the awareness and prevention of the hardships afflicting so many in our City and contributing to the effort to help end it while ensuring a piece of the tumultuous, yet valuable legacy that Walter White leaves behind. It is hoped that the event will raise much needed funds to secure substance abuse services to people in Albuquerque who need them most… “
Please if you live in the Albuquerque metropolitan area see http://walterwhitefuneral.weebly.com/index.html for details.
Copyright © 2013 Albuquerque Journal
David Layman was on set when Walter White was brought to life in 2007.
The Los Lunas resident was also one of 10.3 million viewers to see White die in the final episode of AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”
Having White around for six years, Layman grew to love the character and the TV show.
The series finale inspired Layman and members of the Facebook group “Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour” to place an obituary for White in today’s Journal. It is on Page A4.
“I’ve been a humongous ‘Breaking Bad’ fan since the beginning,” Layman said. “I was actually in the pilot, and putting the obit in the paper was fitting, because the series was based in Albuquerque and it provides some of us some closure.”
“Breaking Bad” was based and filmed in Albuquerque for six years and ended its five-season run last Sunday. It followed White – a chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin – as he teamed up with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, to manufacture a special blue methamphetamine. Bryan Cranston played White, and Aaron Paul played Pinkman. Both picked up Emmy Awards for their roles.
As a die-hard fan, Layman said show creator Vince Gilligan did a fantastic job tying up loose ends in the show.
“Of course, there are a lot of us sad to see the show and Walt go,” he said. “But being able to see that part of Albuquerque and the local talent was wonderful, and many of us could feel some pride.”
As for White, Layman said fans grew to know his character and watch his transformation.
“Here’s a guy that was living paycheck to paycheck,” he said. “He ends up with cancer, has a son who is disabled, a wife who is going to have a baby and he finds some way to work it all out. He becomes unstoppable, he thinks. He’s a little man who kind of made it, even if he didn’t make it the right way.”
Not only did White transform on the show, but Layman said the show helped raise Albuquerque’s profile around the world.
“It’s brought Albuquerque into the light, and we’re no longer a stopover,” he said. “We’re a destination.”
Layman also shares a few similarities with White – he’s a high school science teacher, at Los Puentes Charter School in the North Valley, and he has a student named Jesse.
“Though I’m not a chemistry teacher,” he points out.