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! Been a busy weekend. I’ve been helping my friend who had the fire get his camp back together. It’s been amazing to watch the pieces fall back into place. It’s been amazing to see his life gel again. It’s been amazing to learn how kind and generous people really are.
Colleen came through today with a generator, radio and a bus pass. Stephen and Laurie went on a full blown shopping spree for boots and blankets and a ton of other necessities. Robert somehow stuffed a twin size mattress into a tiny, tiny car and helped us get it up to his camp – both Olympic sized feats. Joe and his sweet wife called immediately with warm clothes – then called back a few days later. He was still on their mind and they had gathered more. Sarah, Karl, Lisa, Cathy and so many others – your generosity is overwhelming. But what is possibly more overwhelming is that out of the list of amazing givers, only a few of you have even met my friend. The rest of you have never laid eyes on him.
It’s easy to know why I love this man so much. He is the definition of “gentle giant”. He hugs you like he means it. He chokes up when he talks about his gratitude or when he talks about how important this family is to him. He’s got this amazing belly laugh and a killer sense of humor. He’s got more empathy for animals and people than anyone I know. So, for me, he’s easy to love. But what about you – you don’t get all the benefits of knowing this complex and sincere individual. So, evidently there are people out there who’s hearts are so open, that they don’t need a reason to love.
When you do what we do, it sometimes feels like suspicion and division rule and trust and compassion are in short supply. I am happy to know that that is not always the case and I will forever be grateful to you all who have helped my friend. I hope that one day, you might meet him and look into his eyes and know what an important thing you’ve done.
Can Openers, Tents, Sleeping Bags, Socks and Reading Glasses. Monetary gifts and Food donations are always appreciated.
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