While many couples will be snuggling up under the covers at home or fork feeding each other over dinner, Danny Pachecho and his group of hearts will be passing out blankets to those living on the street. These emergency blankets are just the start of Hearts 4 Hope. Danny stated simply, “We started with the blanket drive because we want to show people this is such an easy step to take. They just want shelter. We can’t provide that so we decided on doing something that substitute for shelter.”
In 2005, a younger Danny was participating in handing out clothing to the homeless when he was approached by a man who wanted only enough underwear to last him the week. “I’m asking for a pair of sneakers worth $200 and this individual just wanted 7 pairs of underwear for the week. [This experience] put into perspective the forgotten of society for me. I made it a responsibility of my own to combat those gaps in the world.” After searching for ways to participate with organizations that had great ideas but lacked the practice of implementation, Danny created Hearts 4 Hope.