The routine for Grace’s food pantry is almost chiseled in stone. We always distribute food at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter and at the beginning and end of the school year. We constantly ask people to help to pack boxes (March 2 at 8:30a.m.), to help set up the sanctuary (March 17 at 12:30 p.m.), to help distribute food (March 18 at 9:00 a.m.), or to give monetary donations to help purchase food for our clients.
The same volunteers willingly donate their time to help with the food pantry needs. Our client list is pretty much the same for every distribution with a few new persons added each month. The same young mothers will dig through piles of kid’s clothes looking for that special item that will thrill their child. The same grandmas look at the numerous toys, books and stuffed animals looking for a present to take home to a little grandchild. The same big men hurriedly move to the men’s section hoping to find a new shirt or large jeans that might help them dress for a job interview.
Even though the routine rarely varies, sometimes, SOMETIMES, we get a big surprise! Last week, a young man came into the church office with an amazing story. Several years ago he was down on his luck and needed food. Grace Lutheran Food Pantry helped him. Over the years, he remembered the kindness he received at our church and when things improved in his life, he wanted to show his gratitude. He quietly handed Pastor Bill a check for $1000.00 to be given to the food pantry. It seems that being predictable, being dependable, and being generous just might bring some surprising results! Thanks be to God.