She came in right at our closing time 6:00. Her and her husband and 2 kids had just opened their house to a friend with 5 kids because her friends electricity including heat was just shut off. As I walked her around the only sweet item we had was a cake with a crushed top and icing all over the lid. It looked like it needed to go in the trash. I said we really don't have any sweets left but we have buns and bread. She said, "can I have that cake? The kids were begging for something sweet last night." It broke my heart that something I thought was ready for the trash, someones kids would think they were in heaven receiving. It just so happened I was leaving at the same time she was and her car wouldn't start. She said she had put $5 in yesterday and her gas gauge wasn't working so she was out of gas. We got a gas can from the pantry and drove to Marathon and got a couple of gallons to get her home. This is just one story from a host of stories on a regular Thursday night at the food pantry.
We had 146 families last Thursday including 10 new families. 12 volunteers helped stock on Tuesday and another 54 volunteers helped on Thursday. We are completely out of oatmeal, pancake mix, cake and brownie mix, stuffing, boxed dinners, and dry beans. We can always use healthy boxes of cereal. If you find something on sale, please pick up a few of that item and donate it to someone not as fortunate as you. We are so grateful for any donation that you give. We also need plastic bags and paper bags. We are still OK on used liquid laundry bottles at this time.
Please keep the pantry in your prayers not only for food but words of wisdom for the volunteers as they talk and pray with the guests.