Operation Dream-Anonymous extraordinaries

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Anonymous extraordinaries are people who strongly believe in something and they work selflessly and vigorously to support that cause. They are people who are motivated by conviction and not recognition. They are people doing whatever they can for what they believe in, single-mindedly as a group without a care to who is watching.

Karin Olivo and Robin

Karin Olivo and Robin

They are people like the Operation DREAM team! We had our Pack and Stack party on January 5, 2013, the conclusion of our missions from October through December. We packed all the cans into big boxes to be sent to Haiti and the DR. The founders, the Olivo family, came over too! George, Argie, Karin, Daniel and their friend Robin were all present.

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14 boxes of canned food with 1400 pounds.

This year we have collected 14 boxes of canned food, each box about 100 pounds, triple of what we collected in the year of 2011.

Operation DREAM’s mission is to help Haiti and Dominican Republic orphans not only in body, but spiritually as well. Another part of their mission is to help people to DREAM big, to empower youth to become leaders. We also inspired other people as well – not only the people who donate cans, but those who are wondering what in the world are these kids doing outside on a Saturday afternoon be it rain or shine. It’s a great feeling to know that one’s actions make a difference a world away.

Throughout these nine group missions, by going door-to-door around the neighborhood , organizing school and church food drives, God has truly shown us His blessings and favor. Even when the odds were stacked against us, He multiplied the canned food just like He did in the Bible story of the five loaves of bread and two fish. Our God is an awesome God!

Every week, I could see the growth in my team members. They boldly stepped out of their comfort zone and lead younger children as well. A couple of my team members shared their stories of how Operation DREAM had impacted them.

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(2nd left )Melody Hsu, Belinda Lee, Miriam Sun

“It’s really cool to see how people will go out of their ways to help these kids that they don’t even know,” said Miriam, age 14.

Melody Hsu, age 13, reflected back on the missions. “It’s great knowing that when people donate cans, you’re not doing this for yourself, you’re doing it for others.”

“Last year I was just a follower,” explained Belinda Lee, age 16. “But this year I knew I had to step up as a leader, and instead of having my close friends about the same age in my group, I found myself with all the younger kids. I realized I had to set a good example for them.” Belinda turned missions into a fun competition to encourage her younger team members.

George Olivo, the President of Operation DREAM, spoke about God’s ultimate plan and how we bring hope to the orphans.

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Mr George Olivo

“For these kids, these canned food are an answer to prayer,” said Olivo. “Many people ask, ‘Why doesn’t God feed these people?’ He helps those people by giving people like us extra so that we can share. The problem isn’t that there isn’t enough food in the world – there’s enough food for every man and woman to have three meals a day. God allows us to share what we have with the less fortunate people. Some people ask, ‘Well why doesn’t God give enough to everybody? Then we won’t have this problem!’ Then we would all miss out on the blessings of not only giving but receiving as well.”

Even though the Operation DREAM team is made up of anonymous extraordinaries, those who have completed the minimum of ten hours were recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for making a difference in door-to-door hunger relief campaign. One can make a difference. Every act counts. Kindness is contagious.

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(Back Left to Right)Carolyn Lee, Tiffany Han, Miriam Sun, Belinda Lee, Melody Hsu, Cynthia Lu, Cassandra Hsiao, Jacinta Lu, Sarah Lew
(Front) Nathan, Katelyn Chi, Jeremy Hsiao with Cherry (dog), Desmond Chi

Thank you team for your hard work, thank you parents for supporting us from day one, and thank you Olivo Family for everything that you’ve done!

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
― Aesop

He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.
– Proverbs 22:9

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on January 6, 2013, in Giving Back to the Community. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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