Sometimes life happens in spite of rather than because of what you do or don’t do. We see that in our in-take cubicles at RCFB every day.
Recently, one of our volunteers was helping a woman with a very “unhappy” toddler. The little girl was whimpering when she came in, and after a few minutes in the lobby, despite the toys and books, she launched into full blown wails. When she entered the interview cubicle, out came the raisins, the fruit rolls, a juice drink and finally a handmade cuddly puppy. It was the puppy that made the difference. The tears dried, arms encircled the pup and there was peace.
It was only after the family left that the volunteer could explain the problem. The little girl had just been taken from her mother who was battling addiction. She was taken to her maternal aunt who already had three children of her own and was in desperate need of food for all of the children. That toddler’s life was completely turned upside down through no fault of her own. Will she remember her trip to the River City Food Bank? Probably not, but somewhere in her soul she will remember “kindness” and “comfort.” River City Food Bank gives that out along with tuna and peanut butter.