Thomas Soliz X #BlackoutHomelessness
I want to #BlackoutHomelessness because it’s a serious issue in our world. This holiday I’ll be giving away clothing and blankets for some of the homeless who are living in and around my neighborhood in Los Angeles so that they can stay warm. It’s a tragic reality that people are living on the streets and I want to help in any way I can. Imagine the impact we could make if everyone were to extend a helping hand to someone in need. My Matte Black Key Necklace says “BELIEVE.” It means a lot to me. My older brother, David, has always been someone that I’ve looked up to. In 2015, my brother was diagnosed with depression. It was a sad and shocking realization for me that I hadn’t even been able to tell that he was having dark days and it was even harder to know that he couldn’t tell anyone. When I found out, I was there for my brother in any and every way possible. I BELIEVEd that he could get through it. As of now, my brother is the happiest he can be. He is currently engaged to a beautiful and caring woman named Stephanie, and they're getting married in October of 2019. He has overcome a lot. When I turned 24 last June, my brother sent me a Giving Key. He called me after I had received it in the mail and told me, “I got you this gift because you BELIEVEd that I could get through the hard times. This is me saying that I BELIEVE in you achieving your dreams.” That’s why I wear it every day. I plan to pass on my key to someone that really needs it. It could be someone having a hard time with their own demons or someone who thinks less of themselves than they should. Sometimes you need someone, even a stranger, to tell you it’s going to be okay. Difficult problems can almost always be solved, especially when we know someone BELIEVEs in us. Whoever this person may be, I look forward to the day that I give them my key. Everyone can BELIEVE in something. Sometimes, it's someone else.