These quotes came separately, unprompted, from the recipients of this year’s Hunger Fighter of the Year award. Their sentiments are remarkably similar, aren’t they?
Few people give of themselves to help others expecting something in return, but each of these veteran volunteers feels such joy in helping people in need that it feels, to them, like a privilege to be able to do so.
Let’s let that sink in a minute—Henry and Ralph have donated thousands of hours of their time helping others, yet they feel privileged.
We live in a wonderful community.
Henry serves as Program Director of Teen Challenge Monterey Bay, a residential program which helps adults recover from life-controlling problems. They serve meals to their “students” in full-time recovery, as well as to people seeking emergency food and shelter at their Pajaro Rescue Mission, 365 days a year. He sources food, advises students, manages the shelter, and has been an integral part of the program since he himself graduated from it 19 years ago.
And Ralph has devoted 3,000 hours of his time at Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes, selecting and acquiring food and produce at Second Harvest, unloading goods, serving clients, cleaning … doing whatever needs to be done. The Watsonville pantry and soup kitchen fills a critical need among low-income individuals and families. Read the full story here...