We had an unbelievable number of families last evening. 193 to be exact, including 25 new families! They were assisted by 23 volunteers on Tuesday and another 54 on Thursday. Many thanks to Grace Community Church that donated fresh produce. Families received potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, limes, onions, mushrooms and a gallon of orange juice. What an awesome treat for someone who just doesnt have that much money to spend for groceries to receive fresh vegetables. It was nice to see so many faces light up when they saw their choices. I heard one lady ask if we had milk and when she was told yes say I have been craving milk but I won't have any money until next week when I get paid.
Needless to say, we need your donations now more than ever. We do not see an end in sight to this type of numbers. In talking with others that have food pantries we are seeing more and more working poor and folks that have had their job eliminated. Our needs include healthy cereals, oatmeal, boxed dinners, cans of corn, pasta, canned meats and snacks. We need basically anything that is non-perishable. This is our opportunity as a congregation to show God what we have done with what he has given us. I would be happy to do your shopping for you if time is an issue for you.
I want to highlight a sweet, sweet couple that are faithful volunteers at the pantry. John and Roberta Tague. John and Roberta have been married for over 60 years so I will let you guess their ages. Roberta calls the names of the guests and greets many with a hug, calling them by their first name. She walks with a cane but has one of the biggests hearts you are going to find. John is a work horse. He comes faithfully on Tuesdays and Thursdays and puts out and picks up signs and is always busy pushing out a cart or stocking, stopping to talk to someone or give a hug. He wears me out just watching him. They both give their heart and soul to helping others and we so appreciate the two of them.
We always need more volunteers so please consider joining us on Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon. As always we need paper and plastic bags. We are good on laundry containers at this time.