21 Days of Love was conceptualized on October 19th, 2014. Lorae Bonamy was in the process of planning her 21st birthday the way any normal person would; she wanted to have music, dancing, food and drinks to celebrate this “milestone”. For some reason, none of her plans would work; everything was too expensive or already booked, in short, this birthday party was not happening. She decided she would do something different, she would have gifts given to those in need.
I had the pleasure of sitting down and to interview Lorae and learn more about her event and the 21 Days of Love cause.
Interview with Lorae Bonamy – 21 Days of Love
What was growing up like for you: “For me growing up was great, I had everything I could ever want. I was very privileged as a child. I went to private school and lived in a nice neighborhood. These aspects and acknowledgement of my privilege lead in to where I am today.”
What got you here today: “It was when I got to college that I realized how privileged I was. I had the realization that I’ve never had to struggle for anything, I’ve never even been without cable, something that others consider a luxury.
Even small things that one could go without, I’ve never gone without, and I realized that’s not everyone’s story.I’d see people on the street who were asking for money and think to myself “I’m blessed to be where I am at 20 years old, but it’s not because of anything I did” So when it came to planning my 21st birthday I wanted to do something profound that was worthy of being celebrated.”
What prompted you to host your event: “I wanted to make an impact and do something important. I want to impact the world and change peoples lives. I still have the energy to do 21 days of love, and on a larger scale this time.”
To whom or what do you contribute your ideals: “My faith is a huge one. I’m a Christian and I’m all about loving and serving people, that’s why it’s called 21 days of love, because to be a Christian and a follower of Christ is to love those around you, not just a pat on the back kind of love, it’s an I will serve you and be there for you kind of love.
My mom is someone who I contribute my ideals to; she taught me everything I know about love. She is loving and selfless and she taught me to be that kind of person.”
What do you ultimately want to do: “I want to work in leadership development and civic engagement. 21 days of love is based on leadership development and civic engagement. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll be the CEO of 21 days of love. I’d like to get my masters in education and build my brand as I go. Ultimately, I would like to be serving people in my life’s work.”
Why did you select Old Pine Community Center to host your event: “It’s a great space and I like what you guys do. The money you make goes to a greater purpose. When it came down to it even paying for this venue is serving a greater purpose which ties in with the goal of 21 days of love”.
What would you like people to know about the work you do: “The work I do is not just for feel good purposes. It’s really to help people and help them change their lives. This is my passion. I feel like I was placed on this earth to love people in ways that maybe others don’t love them. I would like to change the way we think about service and the way we think about being civically engaged I want people to be civically engaged not because they need community service hours but because this is what we’re here for, if we’re not caring about the people around us then what are we doing?
What is your favorite saying or motto you live by: “It’s a scripture 1 Peter 2:9 “ But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Is there anything you would like to add: Yes, please participate! 21daysoflove.org
We were thrilled to have items from the 21 Days of Love event donated to our homeless program. Pictured is only a small portion of the items that were donated which went out to families in need. We strive to build better communities one person at a time, and the 21 Days of Love event has helped to make that possible.