Reaching Out to Serve our Brothers and Sisters in Need
Hi friends! At our Nov. 21 Fill-A-Gallon, we were able to give away 50 bags of toiletries, winter accessories, clothes, snacks and water!! Last month, one of our friends whom we serve was in need of some pants, but we didn't have any in his size. Fortunately, this time around, because of your generosity, we were able to provide him with 2 pair of pants just for him!!
I love serving our friends because for a moment we get to stop and listen to their stories. At our last Fill-A-Gallon, I got to spend time with one of our friends named Anthony*. It was great to see him because I hadn't seen him since our party in April. He was telling me about how he has to break down his tent about every 2 days regardless of the weather. I couldn't believe what he was telling me and it frustrated me that it is his reality. I also got to see James* again! He has kind of adopted me as his daughter in this unique community (which is a HUGE privilege!) He introduced me to his son, which was another huge privilege!
Another part of serving that I enjoy is hearing volunteers' reaction after having served this beautiful community. For one of our volunteers it was her first time serving, but she is a faithful donor. After having served she told me that she was grateful to be able to serve our friends, and raved about how kindhearted and humble they were towards her. It inspired her to connect with her neighbors to see what they could do to help out! It is definitely an eye opening experience, and reminds you to slow down and just listen to their stories. I am anticipating our what our Dec. 24th Fill-A-Gallon will bring!!
- Anjelica B.
* = alias names used to protect the identity of the people we serve