VICTORVILLE - Grateful smiles could be seen all around the High Desert Homeless Shelter on Tuesday evening.
Azmi Alsanam, the owner of Simple Auto Sales and the host the YouTube channel, Ozzy The BS filter requested a meeting with Jimmy Waldron the executive director of High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS). Only a couple of weeks ago he met with the HDHS board president and gifted the shelter $360, $180 from an auction he hosted on his Youtube channel, matched with an additional $180 from Alsanam. The generous donation was appreciated very much by the shelter which has very high costs associated with the everyday costs to house, supply, and otherwise provide for approximately 55 clients. “Financially speaking, it is never easy making ends meet,” said HDHS Board Treasurer Gary Martin. “Due to the restrictions placed on grants and grants that will soon, not be available we can use all the help we can get. We appreciate the relief donations from our community and local businesses provide to the shelter.”
On Tuesday afternoon Waldron went to the Simple Auto Sales location at, 17085 Bear Valley road in the City of Hesperia for the meeting with Alsanam. When arriving he was aware that he would be on the YouTube Channel live to accept a check collected of funds collected by Ozzy the BS Filter channel followers and matched by Alsanam but was surprised to find out the check was in the amount of $1000. While there, Alsanam, who has provided ongoing donations and as-needed assistance to the shelter and the shelter’s clients asked that a portion of the check went to purchasing pizza for all of the clients. As requested, Waldron ordered enough pizza for all of the clients at the homeless shelter at Oggi’s Pizza. The shelter cook was also grateful to have an easier day, only having to make a giant salad and serve the clients, thanks to Alsanam and those who donated.
Excited clients lined up to get their pizza, some coming back for seconds and thirds. All asked that Alsanam was thanked on their behalf. Alsanam said that he will be accepting donations on behalf of High Desert Homeless Services and will continue to match the donations. He agreed to pay every time the donation reached $500, or $1000 combined with his matched contribution.