I am just finishing my second year on the board for our county’s food bank. It is truly a blessing for our family to be involved with this great organization. We have met amazing people and have learned a lot about love. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
The food bank operates year-around and has several special projects. Our biggest project, by far, is the annual Christmas basket distribution. We plan and work on it for months, so it is a rewarding day when those baskets go out the door to families. This year the board decided to break the project up into committees, and I think dividing it up helped ease the load on everyone–and helped us all to understand and appreciate the processes involved. I was a little hesitant when I found out I was on the volunteer/contacts committee. I am not one who likes to make phone calls and ask people to do something, but since this was the task given me, I decided to do my very best. I was in for a wonderful surprise! Finding volunteers was probably the easiest part of this project! I had a calling list of people who had helped in the past, and, believe it or not, of those who were still in the area, I had 100% willingness to help again! Isn’t that incredible?! Not one person said no! And that’s how the whole project went: everytime I needed people to help with this or that, everyone was eager and willing to jump right in! What a blessing–I couldn’t believe it! I had never experienced anything like that!
I can’t begin to express how happy I was when the community volunteers came and served with such joy. It was a moving experience–something I will treasure for the rest of my life. And it didn’t end there! Many members of the community lined up to help fill those boxes. They gave time in a busy, busy season to help others, and it was wonderful.
We were blessed to be able to give out around 200 boxes this year–we have such a giving community. Everything–the food, the money, and the work–is all donated. It was very cool to see families walking out the door with toys, bikes, and food for their families for Christmas. It was definitely a precious highlight of my holiday season.
One of the greatest parts of being involved with the Genesis food bank is being able to get to know and work with the other board members. Those people are amazing–truly amazing. They give, and give, and give. And not just at Christmas, but all year around. They volunteer to work several times a week, and yet they do it happily, willingly, and with true servant hearts. In many ways, they are like family to me, and I love them all. They have each taught me so much about the joy of serving others, and I owe them so much.
So, I thank God for Thomas County Genesis, and praise Him for how He so greatly blesses the work there. He is good–all of the time–and my life is so rich!
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