Friday, December 11, 2009

Helping the needy

So one of the jobs I work for I mentioned that we should put together a team to do stuff in the community. Volunteer, help with events and so on. Well one of my managers (we have 5) and I joined together and came up with the "Community action team"

This was a couple weeks ago, we helped pack up and distribute goods to to the needy at a community center that was scheduled to distribute turkey dinner to 450 family's.

Me on the truck doing some heavy lifting.
Packing up the boxes
In the pantry me and a co-worker with the same name..

After a hard days work! All sweaty and dirty!

It was lots of fun. I would be lying if I did not say there were some tears. Its amazing what people do without. It was so humbling to hand out boxes of food to people and family's who need it.

We also had to say no and turn some people away. In order to get the packaged goods you were required to register the week before hand. My general manager and I had a "code word" actually be quawed like a bird to be honest when people showed up and were not on the list. There was LOTS of food and we actually did this for 2 days straight and it was REALLY hard to look someone in the eyes and tell them no.

So for some people we did not.


We added them to the list and sent them off with a cart of goods.

But to be honest, when a gentleman comes up with tears in his eyes and asks "how can I get a few cans of food? My wife was laid off from her job 3 weeks ago and we have nothing left" (the center has fresh bread and donations daily for free all you have to do is walk in...

You give him a cart of food, with a turkey and maybe a few extra and when he grabs you in your arms crying and whispers "god bless you" into your ear.

You cry too.


Steph said...

That's awesome! I want to do something like that.

Jessica said...

Ugghh this just broke my heart. I can completely relate to you here. I see these things every day. You really do see every end of the spectrum. There are honestly some people that you wouldn't even want to help if you could, but then there are those that you'll break every rule for just to give them one can. The latter is what makes every second worth it. I seriously go to bed every single night thanking God for all of our blessings. We take for granted the fact that we have a roof over our heads, that we go to bed warm, that we don't go hungry for even a second... it's very humbling.

Whew.. sorry I got off on a tangent. I think it's great what y'all did!! I know people are VERY appreciative!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Aw, this is so great! I'm glad that you and your co-workers took the time to do this. People are so down on their luck right now.

Sara said...

Ohh that made me tear up just reading it! How wondeful for you to help out!

secret agent woman said...


But you have a coworker named Random Musings Of My Life? What are the odds?

Meghan said...

I have tears in my eyes reading this. You are an amazing women, hands down.

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