Below is a collection of stories from a day in the life of The Little Pantry. These stories share the everyday workings of the pantry, and aim to share the common connection we see every day with our friends and visitors. They are stories of hope, sadness, dignity, trust, and most importantly, love. Enjoy!
Today was the Best Day Ever at TLPTC! In fact, it may have been the Best Week Ever! This week we witnessed something that was so inspiring! A few of us went to Project Homeless Connect on Wednesday. We were acting as “guides” for the clients seeking services there. When we first got there, they informed us that the folks who were set to do the haircuts had to cancel. Uh oh. The haircuts were a Big deal – several of our people had been talking about it – it was one of the highlights of the event. So, we had to tell each client we worked with that there would be no haircuts. Not good.
So, several hours later we walk by what was to have been the haircutting area, and there is one young man out there, with his tools, cutting hair. He’s by himself, he’s not panicking, he’s just cutting away and chatting with his client. We learned later that this young man was from a barber school – he heard what had happened and came down to see what he could do. !! They expected 1500 participants – what could one person do? Evidently this young man didn’t think “I’m only one person, what can I do?” ~ he thought “I’m one person, I can do something!”. We should all be so courageous! I’m inspired – I want to be that kind of person. I had read this Chinese Proverb earlier in the week and it had been rolling it around in my head – now I know why. It’s “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it”.
When we started this little place, people were willing to give us their opinions left and right. Many people told us that it wouldn’t work – it wouldn’t grow. Wrong! Many people actually told us that our shoppers would take advantage of us and told us to be “on our guard”. Absolutely Wrong! I’m so glad Deborah and I didn’t let those comments interrupt what we knew we could do.
This week, one of our shoppers looked at us and told us that this place gives him more than food. He said “It gives us hope”. That was Powerful…….That was Inspiring.
So, this week we’ve made a commitment to be more like this young man we saw at PHC. We’ve decided we are going to show up every day and show a little more love and compassion and we are going to show Fear the door. We are going to focus on what we can do, not what we can’t do. We are going to keep giving hope and keep getting an abundance of hope back in return. We’re Inspired.
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