Just last month I celebrated my 28th year at Lakeview Pantry and for me, as for many of us, anniversaries usher in a time of increased reflection. I thought back to my early days at Lakeview Pantry and one of the most life-changing experiences I have had. When handing food to some of our elderly clients, I noticed numbers tattooed on their forearms. Later that day, I asked one of our volunteers if they knew the meaning of these tattoos and they informed me that these individuals were Holocaust survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Someone had used their hands to mark these people as if they were not human. No experience in my own comfortable life could prepare me for seeing evidence of such evil use of one’s hands — and one’s potential to be so cruel to his fellow man.
Fortunately, the last 28 years — and you— have shown me the far more common desire of man— to be caring of his struggling brothers and sisters.
Each day at Lakeview Pantry, hundreds of bags of food are filled and passed along by the good and loving hands of our volunteers to our neighbors in need. Hands at Lakeview Pantry can provide comfort and sustenance for those who are struggling, and even for those who have seen evil. Our hands are used for good — something you have made possible. With your help, over 4,000 families will get the food they need this fall, and another 250 will receive additional services such as employment counseling and help with their health care options.
Today, I ask that you consider a gift that not only provides weeks of nutritious food and additional services that help our clients get back on their feet, but a gift that reminds us all that hands can do good.
P.S. A generous anonymous donor has volunteered to match the gifts up to a total of $7,500! Your support can go even further toward the help you want to provide!