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Operation Warm Wishes – Community Potluck

Jackson Potluck Flyer

Join our favorite local celeb, Tyron Jackson, as he presents another Warm Wishes event in Peppertree Park. Jackson and his hearty band of volunteers will be feeding “the homeless, families in need, troubled youth, those suffering from various illnesses and anyone in need of good food and good company.” This is a trademark event for Jackson who has made it his mission in life to make sure the forgotten are not forgotten. You don’t have to be homeless or needy to come to his events but you do have to have a good heart and a willingness to be with others of like mind. Jackson emphasizes the need for folks to just be there for others. The food and company are great. So, come on out and join Tyron for another great event.

Operation Warm Wishes a Huge Success

We admit it. Tyron Jackson is one of our heroes. We recently ran into him at our local Starbucks where he excitedly told me about his next project, Operation Warm Wishes. Here we are a few days later and Tyron reports batting a thousand. We’ll let tell you about it:

Saturday after the event-
Started my morning by delivering clothes and blankets to various organizations, shelters and to our homeless friends in need. I ended the day by treating some of our homeless friends to dinner at Wienerschnitzel. We had a great time eating chili cheese curly fries and ice cream. We laughed we encouraged each other and we reminded each other that homeless or not homeless God loves us and he has a plan for each of our lives. It was great!

I share this with you because, today happened because of your outstanding donations of food, clothing, blankets, toys and books at the Operation Warm Wishes Presents:“ I Love to Give! I Love to Read! Food and Book Drive for families and children in need!

Yesterday I was full of joy and emotion. I was trying not to cry, then I finally did. To see a person smile for the first in months, touched me. To see single dads and mom’s who walked miles to donate canned good or to get books for kids, touched me. To see students give other students hope, touched me. To see the community coming together to help and serve our friends and families in need, touched me. And because we came together! Together we made a difference.

Once again thank you to EVERYONE young and old who donated and collected food, clothing, blankets toys and books. Thank you to Starbucks Coffee for opening your doors and allowing us to hang out at the coffee shop as we helped our friends and families in need. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers! You truly touched hearts. Today a homeless friend, who attended yesterday’s event, told me that he laughed for the first time in months while playing a board game. He left feeling encouraged. Thank for touching lives.


Here are a few photos he shared with me:

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Operation Warm Wishes Brings Home to the Homeless

Operation Warm WishesEvery year for the past few years, Tustin’s own Tyron Jackson has rolled out the red carpet for the less fortunate in Our Town Tustin. This year, on Thanksgiving Day, Tyron and his volunteers will be in Peppertree Park, once again, to bring a Thanksgiving feast to Tustin’s less fortunate with Operation Warm Wishes.

From noon to 5 pm this Thursday, our homeless, families in need, senior citizens, troubled youth and simply anyone who wants to share a great Thanksgiving dinner with their neighbors, can join Jackson, no strings attached.

This is going to be an amazing event for the whole family and community, all to help those in need.You’re invited! Come and be served! For more information please call, 714 363-6621 .

Jackson promises a spectacular time for everyone who attends. There will be food and entertainment for the fifth year in a row. From what I hear, Denny’s has donated mashed potatoes and Trader Joe’s has donated the gravy. Redhill Elementary school has also helped with a food drive aimed at Operation Warm Wishes.

Tyron Jackson is no stranger to the community, particularly the homeless and less fortunate. He holds several events a year to promote awareness of homelessness, mental illness and to support the less fortunate in our community. Sock drives are a particular forte of his and he was recently seen passing out blankets and other cold weather items to help keep them warmer on these recently chilly nights.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “I have so much to do,….. I have the entire family coming over,……. Homeless? We don’t have homeless in Tustin (yes, we do)…..” But, how hard would it be and how much time  would it take to stop by Peppertree Park and let Tyron know how great it is that he does this? You might even feel the urge to share slice of pie with his friends.

Happy Thanksgiving. Oh, and in case you were wondering, no boring Planning Commission meeting this week. The City Council meets on December 3rd for what will probably be (with any luck) their last meeting of the year.

No Council Meetings For The Homeless

homelessIt’s another one of those 5th Tuesday weeks where there is no city council or planning commission meeting. We were going to bring you another “around the county” article but something over at the Liberal OC caught our eye.

Recently, our good friend Chris Prevatt was involved in a traffic accident and was laid up with a busted wing. He wrote an interesting article about a subject that is near to my heart, homelessness. Specifically, Chris wrote about a recent editorial criticizing Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano for his sponsorship of Assembly Bill 5, now coming to be known as the Homeless Bill of Rights Act.

From Chris’ article:

To their horror, as the Register’s editorial writers see it, the Bill would grant the homeless new rights in California, including sleeping on sidewalks.

The authors of this misguided assault on compassion, assert that “as American citizens, homeless people already benefit from every right in the actual Bill of Rights. But this measure would, for instance, allow them to sleep on sidewalks, in parks and other public spaces and would require that city governments provide them with bathrooms and showers.”

Well it seems to me that the freedom to lay down and rest when one is tired is a basic human right even though it is not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights. If you were to, in daylight hours, lay down a blanket, or mat on a park lawn or bench to take a nap you would not be breaking any laws. Such a violation only occurs when you do so at night. The laws our cities, like Santa Ana, have enacted to discourage the homeless from hanging around, are specifically targeted to prevent homeless people from engaging in a basic right to sleep during the night, The mere act of using a blanket  to keep themselves warm, or a mat to cushion against the hard ground, breaks the law.

Chris goes on to enumerate the issues regarding sleeping in the park (or other places) and the problems that being homeless brings with that. He then asks if not here, where?

It brings to mind the plight of our own homeless here in Tustin. They are a small group who you may occasionally see walking around or sitting in the park. They maintain a low profile around town. Apparently, not low enough for some of our councilmen. In recent years, the Tustin City Council has enacted anti-homeless ordinances that are obviously geared toward driving the homeless out of our city. Like every good city, Tustin has an anti-camping ordinance that prohibits camping in public places. These ordinances are constitutional because they do not discriminate you and I, along with the homeless, cannot camp in the park… as if you and I would. And, recently, the city council passed an ordinance that effectively prohibits panhandling on every street the homeless gain their income from.

Chris points out that Ammiano’s bill does not grant new rights per se. It only guarantees that they be treated like human beings and cut some slack, considering their situation. One thing it would also do is to eliminate the justification of the homeless camping on private property in front of businesses, again, along with the accompanying issues that brings. I would think that alone would bring the Republicans around. Instead, they would be happy to continue to have the police harass the homeless with useless citations that are written for the simple act of trying to live in our community. That is shameful in any book. Ammiano’s bill is far from perfect. With a little consideration, it can go a long way toward establishing some sense of dignity to the less fortunate among us while increasing public safety. And, it won’t cost a whole lot either. So you see, Republicans, there is something for everyone.