Tom began volunteering with us just after the holidays in early 2015. He had lost his wife just a year before and as he tells us, “was looking for companionship and to get out of the house.”
He began volunteering in our distribution center, but eventually made his way to our food shelf. Last year during the holidays he recounted an experience he said he’d never forget.
“I was helping a young lady,” he said. “We were giving away our holiday turkeys that week and I happened to put one in her cart. She teared up and you could tell she was really touched. It just made me feel good that I could assist her in this way.”
Tom’s been able to give to many since this experience, but the gift he receives is just as gratifying.
“I like coming here,” he said. “I like the people I get to work with and it’s a gift that I can be here.”
We’re grateful for donors like you who help us not only provide weekend food to over 1,000 children weekly as part of our BackPack Program, but provide connections for children in 16 communities throughout NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin.
With your continued support we plan to expand our BackPack Program. Every dollar you contribute will allow us to feed more children in need (THANK YOU!).