It is easy to forget how much we have to be thankful for. We all can get in the habit of taking things for granted, like the food on our tables or our good health. Thanksgiving is a great reminder for us all to take a step back and appreciate what we have and to help those around us in our community who may not be as lucky. Our neighbors down the road at Food & Friends were able to provide some of the D.C. United staff with insight on how one small act can change a person’s day.
Food & Friends is a home-delivered meal service, which was founded in 1988. It was originally a service for people with HIV/AIDS and has since transitioned to also serve those living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. These people are provided with ready-to-eat meals and television-style dinners.
The volunteer coordinator shared that we would be running delivery routes today and briefed our group on the rules and what to expect or do if certain issues came up. Six of the front office staff excitedly braved the cold and rainy temperatures, and broke off into two D.C. United vans to begin planning our routes.
My van delivered in Southeast and serviced different types of facilities. First on our list was an assisted living type of facility. Our van was immediately recognized by some of the elderly residents in the lobby. One excitedly asked if he could come and play for the team while the other joked that we better not bring him along if we wanted to be good!
Our next stops were at different apartment complexes and houses where we received the same warm reception from all the recipients, especially one lady who was very concerned that we were out in this weather and sweetly advised us to get “out of the cold and rainy mess!” Everyone kept us entertained and on our toes from all the jokesters and kindhearted people, to the Terminix guy answering the door for the sweet elderly man walking down to greet us in his terrycloth bathrobe (can’t blame a guy for being comfy!).
All of us were happy to partner with the wonderful organization of Food & Friends for our 4th Day of Giving. Being able to see each person who is affected with these life threatening illness receive their meals was a fulfilling experience. It is a nice reminder that we should strive to always help those in need and be thankful, not just around Thanksgiving, but everyday. Food & Friends is indeed “delivering hope, one meal at a time.”
D.C. United Homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid is training with West Brom through next week, returning in time to join his teammates in Indonesia. The talented, young goalkeeper was recently with the U.S. Men's National Team in Scotland and Austria for two friendly matches. Though Hamid did not feature, he always finds training at the national team level invaluable and a great chance to grow. Continuing his trianing with an Enlgish Premier League club, Hamid is focused on developing as an elite 'keeper.
Today, Hamid tweeted while in the West Midlands, showing he was enjoying his time there.
A great day of training finished... Now relaxing at the hotel and a walk about in the city
— Bill Hamid (@BillHamid28) November 22, 2013
On November 21, 1999, D.C. United added its third MLS Cup to the trophy case. For the second time in league history, the Black-and-Red faced the LA Galaxy at Foxboro Stadium for the premier title. United ultimately defeated the Galaxy 2-0 with a goal a piece for Ben Olsen and Jaime Moreno.
Were you at MLS Cup 1999? If so, tell us about your experience in the comments section below!
DCU Starting XI. From top left: Marco Etcheverry, Eddie Pope, Carlos Llamosa, Jeff Agoos, Carey Talley, Tom Presthus, Jaime Moreno, Roy Lassiter, John Maessner, Richie Williams, Ben Olsen
Man of the Match Ben Olsen celebrates after scoring in the 45 minute
Team President Kevin Payne, League Commissioner Don Garber and D.C. United hoist the Alan I. Rothenberg Trophy
And then there were three.
Elementary school was a simpler time in life. For me, the most challenging part of elementary school was learning my spelling words. For some of the children at Amidon-Bowen Elementary school, the challenges they face are much more real.
Hunger is a serious problem in the District of Columbia, and organizations like Martha’s Table are out to change that. Martha’s Table is dedicated to helping those in need receive food and education to help alleviate hunger, especially child hunger.
When we arrived at Amidon-Bowen the staff from Martha’s Table already had volunteers hard at work opening boxes of yogurt, oatmeal, soup, pasta, cranberry sauce, and bagging fresh fruit, vegetables and frozen turkeys. We jumped right in and started organizing the food into stations based on food groups, which would later play into the education part of the distribution. We tried to make the food appear as it would at a grocery store, organized by product and variety, and in straight rows, so the recipients would feel that they had choices, and weren’t just receiving a hand out.
As the families began to file in we didn’t simply hand over bags of food. We engaged with the families by discussing their different options, asked the children questions about what food groups they already had in their bags, what their favorite meal was and joked about how nobody really likes cranberry sauce (or at least I don’t). You could see on their faces that they were grateful not only for the food, but for treating them as people.
The holidays are a time to appreciate what you have, but for those in need this time of year , they can be a reminder of what you don’t have. During the short two hours that we helped distribute food that will help families provide a full Thanksgiving meal, it was clear that we were making a difference in these people’s lives. Everyone may need help once in a while, and knowing that we were able to help dozens of families in Southwest Washington was a great way to spend our 3rd Day of Giving.
150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history. The Gettysburg Address was a dedication at the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA, delivered just four and a half months after the Union Army defeated the Confederate Army in the Battle of Gettysburg.
In remembrance of this important day in US history, and the values that Americans hold so dear, Bill Hamid and the U.S. Men's National Team recited the speech today.
This afternoon (3:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2) The US Men's National Team faces off against Scotland in an international friendly. One face on the USMNT squad stands out for DCU fans, as Homegrown keeper Bill Hamid was recently called into National Team camp and will be joining his countrymen in Glasgow.
In 1996 and 1997, D.C. United's crest was pretty different. The mark, which featured the same key pieces as today's badge, was updated following the 1997 season. Do you remember the logos of the original ten MLS teams? Do you know which teams have not changed since their inception?
The D.C. United Team Store is now on Twitter! Give them a follow @DCUteamstore
United newcomer, Jared Jeffrey's long-distance strike at BMO Field has made it to the second round of voting for MLS Goal of the Year. The young ringer, who joined the Black-and-Red in July from the Bundesliga, notched two goals this season in just 10 matches. Take a look at the goals he's up against, and cast your vote!
Jared Jeffrey vs Toronto - September 28
On every team, there are those people that you would want by your side during a fight. There are also those few you know would take cover if things got messy. So, who do you think most DCU players want with them if anything ever went down? Who do you think would hide á la Franklin in the above clip from the Replacements? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
It's unbelievably easy to take what we have for granted. For instance: when I'm hungry, I eat. It is that simple. But, for so many others, that is not an option; it's not that simple. We can help, and today, during our First Day of Giving, we did.
Kicking off D.C. United's 10 Days of Giving, a few volunteers from our staff joined Thrive DC at St. Stephen's Church in Northwest to provide meals for homeless and disadvantaged men and women. Additionally, we donated the toiletries from our October United Drives collection and the extra D.C. United Season Ticket Holder blankets.
It was 8 a.m. on a Friday morning. I had pressed snooze twice this morning. Yet, I couldn't have felt more ready for the day. The vibes upon entering the church were contagiously positive and energizing.
After tying my apron and putting on my gloves, I was immediately put to work. Together, we made chicken noodle soup, cabbage stir-fry, salad, toast with butter and began preparing Monday's breakfast. As soon as all the food was set out in the dinning room, including the breakfast burritos donated by DC Central Kitchen, we began serving meals to those in need.
For three hours, we played a small role in feeding the hungry. The gratefulness on the men and women's faces as they worked their way down the line is what it is all about: people helping people. Washingtonians helpings Washingtonians. D.C. United being out in the community, helping to make it just slightly better than it was yesterday.