Ever since I learned of the Hope In Shadows calendar sold in Vancouver, I’ve made a new tradition of buying one for my mom every Christmas (surprise Mom, hope you like it!). Now whenever I am in a hurry or have no cash while downtown, I see vendors selling the calendar everywhere. Every corner of downtown. But when I have time and a twenty, it’s like a scavenger hunt to track one down!
But I love roaming around Gastown for the kind-hearted sellers. As long as its not raining, it gives me a chance to enjoy the city. I was about to give up today when I walked by a guy with one calendar left and on his way to end the day. I quickly asked if he was still selling and it was like déjà vu.
The same thing happened to me the year before. Walked around for 10 minutes and had to go catch the sea bus. On my way back to Waterfront I spot a guy about to pack up with one calendar left. Quickly bought it, thanked the friendly gentleman and ran off. Two minute encounter.
As I felt the familiarity of the situation, so did the vendor. Immediately, he recognized me from the year before. He even remembered where he sold me the calendar and how much of a rush I was in. I wouldn’t have realized he was the same guy if he didn’t say something. I couldn’t believe he remembered me, and his smile and excitement over it made my day a million times more awesome.
You all should buy the Hope In Shadows calendar coordinated by Pivot Legal Society. Those selling them are our neighbours in the Downtown Eastside either in a low income situation or homeless. Every calendar sold earns the vendor $10. So give back when you’re planning for 2013. And make sure to thank your vendor.