Guisepi Spadafora & Edna Lu The Tea Bus

For more than a decade, the Free Tea Bus has traveled the land reinvigorating a world where the highest forms of value are relationships, both with people as well as the resources we use and consume.

“Serving free tea can create change? Yeah, right. I didn’t realize the impact I had while first doing this, but over time it became clear. For three months in Hollywood I would cook dinner and tea on my tailgate on Hollywood Boulevard after getting off work. Being a person who loves interaction with all sorts of people, I offered a little bit of food and a lot of tea to anyone who was hungry for sustenance or conversation.

“This small offering made to people was enough to create friendships between all classes and colors, spark conversations on hundreds of topics, put a human face on those involved, and create a strong community out of a mish mash of people and cultures right there on the pavement. Whether there was a Japanese tourist or a tattooed gangster with a shopkeeper or a Nazi punk, everyone related; everyone was comfortable sitting at the same level drinking the same warm beverage, feeling just as comfortable as the next person. Everyone shared what they had, be it food, ideas or conversation.

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