I have helped out pretty much since it started, last year but I dont think I have talked about it here. Its actually like my favorite thing all month.
So, I wanted to share a very long message I had sent a friend about the one last month.... I have broken the message into different paragraphs so its easier to read.
me: Cool. So there was no one helping who spoke French Creole today and that was a little problematic but we made do. And there werent many kids in general with the ACT today but it was okay.
As for people we were helping, there are always a few that stick with me.... Once a woman in tears because she was so grateful, sometimes a tiny child who is so happy to get a stuffed animal or cup of water, it just depends. Today there was a woman who was so nice and her baby was in size 3 now but once she had come and gotten newborn ones. She had extra of the newborn ones and brought them to pass on "here, give them to someone who needs them" and she had little yet wanted to give as well.
And there was a woman who didnt know english and knew less spanish than we did. Shuff was talking once about a girl in the area who was smart but she knew a mayan language first and then some spanish but hardly any english so maybe the woman today came from a place which they spoke a non-spanish language and she was fluent in that. I felt bad for her but it would be interesting to know how she ended up in Chambersburg.
And there were people coming in wearing blankets and tshirts because they didnt have coats and that made me sad. We had a lot of clothes to give, and it all disappeared so fast but so much of it was shorts and tshirts and I wish we could have had more warm coats to give them.
That said, there were a ton of socks and that was cool. People should have socks just like its important to have a home with heat.
And there was Gleaning Project stuff and someone had baggies with rice in it. One time they brought kale and no one wanted it, but no one complained about rice. Its like a staple of Hispanic food and I think it made the people who have come from Guatemala or Mexico more comfortable. It would be like giving Kate potato bread and I would be like "a person who gives me potato rolls is a friend".
I was doing the front tables again, trying to Spanish. They had a raffle for dinner tickets and I didnt know the word for raffle. But there werent too many new people this time so I was just thinking too.
At the beginning Mrs. Stahl was saying that there was a woman who heard about it and donated $1 which is such a small amount of money. Yet they can use that $1 to get 13 diapers (this was the number they gave idk if its right, maybe they meant each diaper is 13 cents) and someone compared it to the story in the Bible where they had a couple fish and bread and fed peoples with it. The people were like "Why Jesus, there are hungry people" and he was like "right, so give them food." and this was like that, welcoming them inside from the cold for a few hours and instead of "someone should solve the problem" being the person to do that.
And on that note, I went to Sunday School for first time since july last week because Rodney was teaching but I am so hesitant to go just because I never take anything away and right now I dont have the energy to listen to "you must like this candidate" stuff, plus my sister is there and I dont want her to twist my words. Its just such a waste of time... but this just feels so different to me. This feels good.