Stories by foodbankcarlisa (8 matches)

Priceless friendship from a five dollar microwave

One day I was driving by an apartment complex and an elderly lady flagged me down. I pulled over and asked if she needed a ride somewhere. She told me no and then asked me if I needed a microwave. I said, "no"...and asked why? She told me she had one for sale for just five dollars. Curious to find out what her situation was, I asked her to let me see it. The microwave looked like new and was worth a lot more than five bucks. I asked her what she needed the money for. What she told me broke my heart. She said she wanted some bologna, bananas and bread. I told her I would buy it but I needed to go to the bank for the money. I rushed to the grocery store and bought her bananas, bologna and bread. When I returned to her apartment I gave her the ... Read Full Story >>

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Yard Sale Blessing

I passed by a yard sale and decided to stop and see what the lady was selling. The woman selling her belongings began to tell me about how hard times were for her. She was an elderly lady with numerous health problems.

I wanted so much to buy something from her because I could tell she was having a hard time financially. I was expecting to spend a few dollars until she mentioned to me that she had to take gas out of her sister's lawnmower to put in her car to get to the yard sale location. That broke my heart.

At that moment I knew I had to do all I could to help her. I asked her what all of her stuff would be worth that she was trying to sell to which she replied " $75.00."

I gave her the money and asked her to donate the items that she did not want to Goodwill. She began to cry and thanked me ever so much. That made my day. It felt good to be able to help her out.



 

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Wood For Her Heater

One day my husband and I passed by a house where we noticed an elderly woman picking up sticks from her yard. We slowed down and asked if she needed help. She told us she was picking up sticks to burn in her wood stove.

We asked around the neighborhood and was told that the man who usually delivered her wood for her stove had died. My husband and I went home and found some wood we could chop to give to her. When we took it back later that day, she was so happy. Her voice shook as she told us thanks. It made me and my husband very happy to be able to do it.

We told her we would furnish her with wood for her heater. She told us God would bless us. We told her He already does. As you can see she lives meagerly and we are going to try and help her with that also. Pray for us all. This story only goes to show that we can all do something to help someone. Thank you.

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Grocery store ripples come back around

I run a community kitchen so as you can well imagine I stay in the grocery store all the time. Most of my shopping is done early morning before I go to work. One Wednesday morning I noticed a lot of good sales were going on so I decided to buy quite a few items to take advantage of the savings. The next day I visited the same store in the afternoon and when I got to the cashier she turned out to be a local college student that I knew.  After she added my groceries and I paid her my change was $10.48 I told her to keep it as I knew she was having a hard time. Suddenly, I heard my name being called by the lady in customer service asking me to come to her window for a moment.  I went over and she handed me $17.13 and told me ... Read Full Story >>

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My heart met the challenge

While delivering meals one day I was really put to the test. The first house I delivered to was owned by a sweet elderly woman named Ms A. It was about 10:30 in the morning when I knocked on her door.  When she asked me to come in I could tell by her voice something was wrong. When I opened her door she was sitting on the sofa crying. She didn't have to tell me I could see she had soiled herself. I have to tell you it was not something I wanted to deal with but I had to make a decision not only for me but for Ms. A.   I didn't want her to feel any more ashamed than she did so I knew that I would have to clean her up. I kept assuring her it was ok but she was so ashamed...I did all I could to assure ... Read Full Story >>

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A cup of coffee and kindness to keep illness at bay

One morning while enjoying breakfast in my favorite restaurant two women came in and sat in the booth behind me. I overheard them talking about just leaving the pharmacy.

One of them went on to say how bad she was feeling and she didn't know when she was going to be feeling any better since there was no way she could get her prescription filled because she didn't have the money. 

I listened to them try to think of someway they could get the money. As I listened I learned the medicine cost $29. I called the waitress over and asked her to give the women $35 anonymously. Enough for the medicine and their coffee.

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Food Bank Bliss



We were blessed with an offer from a farmer that he would donate all the greens we could pick to the food bank we spent a few hours in a garden full of collards, turnips, kale and hybrid greens. After loaded up the truck we spent the rest of the day in the community giving out fresh greens. It was a blessing all the way around.. God bless farmers and what they grow.

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A food bank owner's wish for a young boy

I run a small thrift store to help support our small food bank. A mother stopped by with her ten year old son and asked if we could help her family out with a few groceries. I said yes and gathered up several bags of groceries for her.

When I returned to her vehicle where her son was, I asked if he could go into the food bank and select a few of his favorite foods. She said yes. He chose his favorite cereal and fruit roll ups. 

I wanted to make his visit special and even though we had made only $32.00 in the thrift store that day I gave him $20.00 of it. I asked him to surprise his mother and buy her and his lunch on the way home. I wanted him to remember this day as more than a trip to the food bank. I wanted him to be blessed with the possibility of acting on this moment for the rest of his life. 

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