To the Editor:
Not until we saw the cars lined up early to receive the free food, not until then did I know what I was to write for this letter. Last Saturday was the free food distribution. Joyce and I were among the many volunteers who had the joy of giving – handing out boxes of food. Part of the joy came in the camaraderie of the volunteers, the very young and those of us older. No bickering nor complaining, just cheerful work together.
The young ones were amazing, for they not only worked hard, but steady; they stayed with it for the full five hours!
It cost us nothing but time and energy (yes, we were thankful when we finally ran out of food after a five-hour stint). But, we were given the gift of the opportunity of giving to others. What a joy it was!
And, then, on Sunday there was the CROP Walk at Hinckley. Some 89 walkers from area churches raised $12,462 (and counting). ‘Twas a beautiful day for a walk. A part of the money raised stays here for our food pantries and the rest is distributed through Church World Service to the hungry overseas. The walk was a joyous gift to us, the walkers and to those on the receiving end. Here again the good spirits of the young people were a part of the gift to the rest of us. A big thank you goes to the Honey Hill Orchard and the Hinckley Fresh Market for the treats awaiting us as we returned from the walk.
Rev. Bob Dell