“It takes a village…” they say. One of our greatest joys in serving at the Food Pantry is meeting families who bring their children with them. We try to find something that will bring joy to a child’s heart, and seeing that smile on their face makes all the difference.
One young lady who lives in the Ocala Forest has five children; the oldest son will be a freshman in high school and needed pants and shirts because he outgrew his clothes. The child had not even gone to school because he was too embarrassed not having anything decent to wear.
The love of God, manifested through the generosity of the family of Hope, enabled us to have resources to reach out to this family. One of our volunteers, Anita Dillman, was able to make a trip to Walmart and use a gift from another member to buy this teenager a new pair of jeans. A member of our church staff also donated new shirts, and they became the perfect gift for this kid. The mom was so excited that her son could now go to school!
Another young lady who came to the food pantry has four children, three of whom have special needs. Their budget is stretched even though her husband has a job. She has to make the 50-mile trip to Gainesville for her children to receive treatment several times a week, and the gas expenses take a toll on them. Once again, we were able to share the blessings that we have at the Food Pantry to make sure this mother had enough gas to transport her children to the hospital that week.
Jesus continues to remind us in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
If you’d like to donate to the Lake Weir Campus Food Pantry, many of our needed items can be found at any dollar store.
- Peanut butter
- Spaghetti sauce
- Toilet paper