What a different experience!
During the High Holidays, my congregation donated $300.00 to assist a food pantry that was running low on food since the amount of families that are being helped has increased.
Last week I started shopping, taking advantage of several unbelievable sales to purchase as much as I can, for example, I bought $102.00 dollars worth of food for $51.00. The cashiers and baggers, like last time, asked me why am I purchasing so much of the same items and of course I told them. They were amazed and in awe! We spoke for several minutes about what has been and is going on out there.
Amongst all the bad that we hear about, so much good is being done! There are many people that do good things out there, amazing things! But, I guess, people do not see much of it.
For me, this is so different than writing a check, volunteering to do things at the synagogues, assisting family and friends. Asking for donations and then purchasing the food is a powerful experience for me, as it has been watching people come to the food pantry and walk away with a bag of food for themselves and their families.
This all started because I watched people being turned away before the holidays started and I got very upset, then I heard that the food pantry was in danger of closing. It is supporting more families than ever. My students bring non-perishable foods when they come to my home for a lesson, and I take it over there, but much more is needed.
I know I thanked you during the holidays and sent out letters, but again, thank you so much! What we are doing is really deeper than I ever thought!
If you want information of how to donate, or get non-perishable foods to me or the food pantry, please contact me.