Rosie Loves to Help!
Rosie has been receiving food from Calvary Baptist Church's Thursday food distribution for a while, and she always arrives early. One very hot summer day, she was standing under a shade tree trying to keep cool while waiting for the food distribution to start. The director of the ministry saw her and invited her inside the air-conditioned building where the food is distributed. While Rosie was enjoying a drink of water and cooling off, she accepted a couple of tasks to help set up for the other guests. Rosie enjoyed helping and the rest is history. Rosie has become a valued and dedicated volunteer.
Receiving food from Calvary's food distribution has been such a blessing to Rosie and her family. Rosie has three children and six grandchildren. She's not sure what she would do without the help of the food bank. She loves the fact that she is treated with dignity and volunteers because of her love for helping people and for serving the Lord.
She also feels that no matter who you are, you are God's child and we are to love one another as we are instructed to do in the Bible. She praises God for being able to be a part of this ministry each week and is thankful for the wonderful food items she receives weekly.
Boris would visit our food pantry every Tuesday. He would walk from his home three blocks away and would always be wearing a pressed dress shirt, tie, and neatly pleated slacks. After speaking to him, we learned that he had lost his aerospace job in Nevada earlier in 2011. So, he decided to move back to California into his elderly mother’s home, where he had grown up. She had beginning stage Alzheimer’s disease and had been receiving regular visits from a nurse.
Boris told us that, ever since he moved back to California, he would wake up each morning proactively searching for a job. He would get dressed in his usual business attire and go to interviews. On Tuesdays he would search the classifieds in the morning until it was time to head over to the St. Bridget of Sweden food pantry.
Bringing in weekly groceries made him feel that he was a positive contributor to the household. From May through September, we would see Boris each Tuesday. Not only would he come for his share of food, but also he would always offer assistance to the ladies, whether it be sweeping the porch, taking out the trash, or helping others with their bags, he was always gracious and accommodating.
All of a sudden, Boris stopped coming to the pantry. In late October 2011, we received a letter from Boris updating us on his situation. He was still living in his mother’s home. The reason he stopped coming to the pantry was he found a job at an aerospace company in El Segundo.
Boris wrote,” The St. Bridget of Sweden food pantry was my Tuesday getaway. Not only did I receive some much-needed sustenance for the body, but my soul was lifted too. I was not able to help my mother with money, but it made me feel good that I was able to bring home some food for the week.”
Included with the note was a personal check made payable to St. Bridget of Sweden. Every month the food pantry can count on a check from Boris. He leaves an envelope in the mailbox with a simple note in the memo line: Thank You!