Last week was the most wonderful time of the year

Posted Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at 11:26 PM
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  • Frank,

    Thank you for covering what the Clay County Youth Food Delivery Program is doing. Thank you for covering what is going on in our community by sharing about the Christmas Delivery. You understand something, a bit bigger than any of us, is happening in our community. We are coming together, as a community, to care for the children, in meeting their most basic need.

    I would also like to share additional information, to those who feel we are feeding the system. We are simply feeding children, who are hungry. How many of the people, who ask these questions, worry about their next meal, and if food will be there when they are hungry? I can't imagine not taking lunch, or a box of cereal, for granted. When is the last time they got excited over a box of cereal, I wonder.

    We also feed the children of parents, or single parents, who are working two jobs, making minimum wage, and struggling to provide for their kids. We are helping grandparents, who have adopted their grandchildren, and are struggling. Many parents, and grandparents, do without themselves to give to the kids, and still find themselves coming up short. Why would we not want to help, if we can?

    Who feels qualified to judge and decide which hungry children are deserving of food? I most certainly don't.

    After the December 22nd Christmas delivery, we heard from a great grandmother, who is 65. She adopted her great grandsons, twin boys, when they were a year old. They are now 6 years old. I delivered to the home. It was neat, clean, homey, and decorated for Christmas! You would never know she was struggling and she had never said a word to anyone. She had seen the information for Christmas delivery and had passed it by, thinking she could do it alone. I am blessed she called the Y, and asked for help. I am blessed I could help, through the community of volunteers and donors, who make this possible. She hugged us, thanked "everyone who made this possible," and tried to understand how we were able to help feed her grandchildren. I explained about the School weekend Program and the Summer Delivery Program. She tried to understand and kept asking how much it cost. I kept trying to explain it was free, and given by others, who wanted to help those who are doing their best, to feed the kids. I am still not sure she comprehended how this works, when I left.

    We are a community. We are not asked to judge, but to be faithful. Jesus said, "You feed them." This is what our community is doing and we are all blessed when we join in the effort. I am blessed to be a part of this. Thank you for sharing your experience about good news, of what is happening in our community. Good news is not often shared!

    By the way, "It's a Wonderful Life," is my favorite movie. And "ignorance," may be rampant, but once we know we are responsible. And "want" is unacceptable, once we are no longer ignorant. My experience has been, people are basically good and want to help, once they know the need.

    Thank you for helping spread the word!

    Terry Barr

    -- Posted by dugandterry on Wed, Dec 28, 2016, at 8:36 PM
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