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Volunteer of the Month - October: Jay Wilcox

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What brought you to CES? I was a Dentist for many years and recently retired. Mt. Olivet has a group that comes to help the Home Delivery (HD) program, of which I have been a part. About one year ago, I began to help HD as the delivery driver on several Mondays and Wednesdays a month as well as packing pet food for Ani-Meals, a pet food distribution.

What keeps you coming back? Basically, I go home thankful for what I have. It has been enlightening; when I see the callousness of others towards those in need, I am grateful to be able to make a little difference. Although I have contact with clients only once a month, I am beginning to feel a connection with them.

Experiences: As I have recognized the support many of these people need, I think of one man who is blind, deaf and in a wheelchair and he has an oxygen tank. As I deliver his food, I touch his shoulder and he just nods. Although small, it is a connection he needs with the outside world. Besides, I think that people I work with at CES are angels in disguise!

Meals on Wheels Volunteer – Julie Jorgenson

“As I walk up 4 flights of stairs, I know I will see a smile on Bob’s (not his real name) face as I deliver his hot meal. Bob is in a wheelchair and lives in a building with no elevator. I often wonder how he gets in and out of his building. But, I definitely know that I’m making a difference in providing Bob this service.”

The rest of Julie's story

A Friday in Winter

sm man fri distributionAs CES moved through the cold months of January and February and into March, many had a hard time even getting to CES. One person’s gratitude as they braved the weather.

“I'd like to thank you for helping me to feel very special this month. I got Italian Limonchin Biscuits and Namaste Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix loaded with goodness! I can't get over your inventory, and sometimes I wonder how we can be so lucky! I guess when we depend upon God to provide, He gets us what we really need.

I just went down to CES to talk about my situation. I left fully prepared to weather another week safe and sound behind my door. Thanks again for caring about us. Be well, and hang in there for the longest part of the year.”

Remember those whose simple gratitude is a pizza crust from the CES food shelf.

Thank you for caring for our neighbors with your time, talent and gifts.

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