For many years, I have been volunteering at the Atascadero Loaves and Fishes. Many times of late, after interviewing a client, they will say, “Thanks for being here.”
It is the generosity of many that allows us to be of service in the community. Salvation Army donates money so we can buy vouchers for the Christmas Baskets; schools are holding food drives; and we will be having food drives in front of Spencer’s Market, Vons, Albertsons and the Grocery Outlet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends Dec. 8 and 9 and Dec. 15 and 16.
We have to buy canned goods from the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County, so it would be much appreciated if you could support us as much as possible. Last year, 483 food baskets were distributed just at the armory, and we also serve people Monday through Friday all yearround.
As a child, I remember my mother being upset with my father, which was unusual in our household. My father had given his Sunday shoes to a homeless man and my father’s only other pair of shoes were his work boots. The lesson I learned from my father was not to wait until you have plenty to help another, but to share whatever you may have with one in need.