As we approach the second anniversary of Ziggy's passing and we are unable to get together to give back in honor of our friend, we wanted to take a different approach this year. Anyone that knew Ziggy knows he was always helping others and providing for those in need (even if it was just unsolicited advice). On several occassions, he came with us to the LA Food Bank to volunteer for a day of packaging goods and somehow this would usually turn into a competition. How many boxes can you make? How quick can you pack that care package? It was always way too much fun for what you would expect a day of hard working volunteer work should be. Obviously we had to celebrate a job well done with a good meal... usually Phillipe's.
Last year, when our hearts felt heavy with the one year of Ziggy's passing approaching, we realized what better way to remember our dodo bird then to volunteer at the food bank? We got a small group together, including his wonderful sister Erika, we lined up at the assembly line and we got to work. In no time, boxes were flying, people were covered in tape and the competition was ON. There were so many times where when looking around, you could just feel Ziggy there with us. Watching his pack of dodo birds be the loudest, most obnoxious (but also fastest) group around.
We promised to keep the tradition going, however, the world is in a much different place these days. Since hungry people need our help now more than ever, we did not want to miss out on an opportunity to give back in honor of Ziggy. We hope to be back in the warehouse next year, side by side, but for now, any small contribution that can be made to the LA food bank would be great. Even if you don't have the money at this time (we get it, now is not a great time to be donating for some) our hope is that you do something kind or unexpected for someone around you in honor of our friend who we miss so much.
~ Jessica & Justin Ross