I have been volunteering at the Food Pantry for about 5 years. I don't interact with the clients but mostly work in the stock room. There are about 30 volunteers who work there and most of them have been doing this for a lot longer than I have. After a while you start to wonder if all of the work we do is really worthwhile. You start to be concerned about stacking cans and complaining about little things. Then something happens to bring things into focus.
One morning I was taking a load of trash up to the church dumpster (a lot of outdated food that was donated to the food pantry). I was sort of grumbling to myself about all this extra work. I saw a hotel van beside the paper recycle bin. A man was dumping paper into the recycle bin. I went over to thank him. He looked at me and asked if I worked at the food pantry. I said yes. He then asked if I remembered him. I said I did not work that much with the clients so, no I did not remember him.
He said he could not thank the food pantry enough. He went on to tell me his story. Two years ago he was at a low point in his life. He was ill, could not work, and was in a bad place. He said he did not know how he would have gotten along without the help of friends and the food pantry. He went on to say that one and a half years ago he had a heart transplant. Then one week later he had a kidney or liver transplant (I forget which he told me). I was amazed. I have never met a person who had a heart transplant. He looked good. He said he was back working part time and felt good.
He again said, "I cannot thank you and the people at the food pantry enough for what you did to help me. Thank You! Thank You! God Bless you all."
Wow! I was close to tears. Here I was complaining to myself about having to get up a little early to go work at the food pantry wondering if it was worthwhile. God answered my question in a "chance" meeting with this amazing person.
So thank you, to all of you who help with food, money, or time to support this mission - the West Hills Food Pantry.
Mission in action. This is what our church should be about.
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