Open Hands: A Day of Thanks Giving
For a quarter of a century, Rosa Linda's in Denver, served a free Thanksgiving meal to those without homes. It was an extraordinary gesture of community and grace, and when the restaurant announced it was closing, the tradition was endangered. The Squeaky Bean immediately stepped in, and offered to continue it. We knew we wanted to help too, as did many chefs in and around the city. Food donations were lined up. Ovens at neighboring restaurants who would be closed that day were laid claim on. People cleared their mornings, and some their full days, to be there doing whatever was needed. As often happens in the creative process, the night before [meaning almost last-minute], we had the idea to take the focus of hands. These tools of both giving and receiving. We arrived that morning with our camera, and approaching people, explained how we wanted to tell the story, and asking permission to photograph their hands. It was a phenomenal day of giving and receiving, and as is always true when both are done with open hearts, the givers received and the receivers gave, and so on and so on.