OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Let’s take a little break from the political shindigs, shall we?
I love seeing people doing some good… just for the damn sake of doing good. I’m sure y’all have seen the folks who help out a homeless fella, then proceed to rant and rave about it on social media. While it’s good to spread the message that helping others is a positive thing to do, not every single act of kindness necessitates validation.
Mark Pacana lives in New Jersey and often thinks about San Diego, as he aspires to move there relatively soon. He finds enjoyment in watching the Ace Tattoo Surf Cam that overlooks Ocean Beach, where eventually he noticed two homeless people cleaning the beach at the butt crack of dawn.
However, at the time Pacana was witnessing this good deed, he had no idea the two were even homeless.
“Every morning I see a little mini-van pull up, a beige minivan,” Pacana told KFMB. “They get out, they open the back of their mini-van, they pull out two buckets, and they walk around the entire beach area cleaning up. God bless them for doing what they are doing.”
Pacana asked a reporter from KFMB if he could thank those men on his behalf, so a reporter and a photographer woke up early and drove down to make sure the two men were next to the pier.
The reporter told him, “You’ve got a fan, watching you from New Jersey from the webcam over there.”
The men, David Hendon and Marc Gervais, are two friends who wake up at dawn to pick up trash for free.
The reporter asked, “You are covered in sweat. It’s five o’clock in the morning. Why work so hard?”
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Gervais said, “Well, because this place looks like (expletive) otherwise.”
The two men went on to say that they have been living out of their van and have beaten addiction. They insist that if they are able to keep themselves clean from their addiction, then they can help keep the beach and streets clean too.
Pacana, after having the message relayed back to him, decided to start a GoFundMe for the two gentlemen.
The initial goal was $3,500 and funds have exceeded $27,000 since it started.