Monday, March 15, 2010
Like I said....
We arrived in D.C. Sunday evening safe and sound, and settled in to our home for the week, First Trinity Lutheran Church. (Shout out to our helpful hostel coordinator Don, a chatty fellow, who had a tendency to use the phrase "like I said" over and over again.)
This morning, we were eager to start volunteering with Food and Friends. We had an orientation to the program at 9am, then delivered meals across Silver Springs, MD until noon. We were able to deliver to 6 clients, dropping off the meals individually at their doorsteps. It was a hectic experience navigating around town, but we all enjoyed doing it together.
Food and Friends is a wonderful organization which provides meals to over 1 million people per year. Although clients are served based on a medical qualification, most of them fall below the poverty line. The two main illnesses that affect FandF clients are cancer and HIV/AIDS.
After deliveries and lunch, we were treated to dessert at the Old Ebbitt Grill by IU alum Erika, a business graduate. After walking around downtown D.C., and a photo shoot in front of the White House, we visited the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History.
We then enjoyed a lovely meal at Wok and Roll in Chinatown.
In order to have sufficient energy to compose this blog, we had a chugging contest (video posted later) of Coca-Cola.
D.C. out, like I said.....D.C. out!
Monday's Interesting Fact: Washington D.C. has the highest new infection rate of HIV/AIDS, and is 10x that of any other U.S. city.