POSTER AT GOOD SAM'S - Yes, it's corny and yet still true and uplifting to remember. In fact, it is often the broken among us who bring forth the most amazing gifts to the world.
BEING PART OF MY LARGER WORLD OF FAMILY
I spent 8:30 to noon today at the Good Samaritans of Garland preparing packages of groceries for citizens in my community.
Good Samaritans is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing supplemental food assistance.
All families and individuals, regardless of residence can obtain food assistance very two weeks. No appointment needed.
Unhoused guests (the homeless) are provided “10-Packs” of food/drink once a week. In the winter, warm clothing (coats, gloves, hats, scarves) are distributed, as available.
In addition, Good Sam’s, through on-site partnerships, provides street-side Showers on Tuesdays, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Parkland HOMES, Medical provides medical services every third Tuesday, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
This morning, as I talked with other volunteers, I noted that it is highly likely that none of us are extremely wealthy “high society folks”. I thought about what John Steinbeck once wrote in his novel, The Grapes of Wrath, a novel that is now banned in many schools across the USA: “If you are in trouble or hurt or need, go to poor people. They’re the only ones that will help--the only ones.”
It may be because those of us closer to poverty know the pain of it better. I don’t know. But the truth of Steinbeck’s words has been proven literally to be true. In 2010, Paul Piff, a psychologist at U.C. Berkeley, carried out a study and published his findings in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His experiments found that poor people were inclined to give away 44 percent more of their points or their credits than the wealthy people involved in the experiment. His team's findings that the poor are more charitable than the rich were published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
SO HERE IS A TRIBUTE TO SEVERAL OF THE VOLUNTEERS WHO WERE HELPING OTHERS THIS MORNING AT GOOD SAMARITANS OF GARLAND, TEXAS. I’m sure many of us would fit right in at the dinner table of the Joad family from Steinbeck’s novel--not a hoity-toity one in the bunch. Also, as you can see, we come in all ages, shapes and colors.
A FEW PHOTOS FROM GOOD SAM’S THIS MORNING.
KAREN, A four-year Good Sam Volunteer
LARRY - A 4.5 Year Good Sam's Volunteer
VICKY - I think she is second in command of the operation, a full-time employee.Thanks to Vicky, I'll be serving "a pink thing" on Thanksgiving in tribute to my mom and her Aunt, my great-aunt Lois. Both of whom made these perfectly awful yet delicious concoctions from jello. My mom's was pink and Great Aunt Lois's was green. They both escaped this veil of tears without leaving me the recipes. I was talking about it with Vicky on Monday (my usual time for volunteering) and Vicky gave me the recipe for a reasonable facsimile: But Vicky's recipe does not call for jello. Two cans of cherry pie filling; two medium containers of cool whip; two cups of Walnuts; one can of condensed milk (the thick syrupy stuff). Mix it all together and voila--It tastes pretty good. But should I call it a dessert or a salad. My mom and Great Aunt Lois always referred to it as a "Salad".
Another Full-Time Good Sam's Employee,
Three beautiful Good Sam's Volunteers. They were in Vicky's office preparing sacks that are given to Good Sam's unhoused guests. It's great that the little girls is getting to have the wonderful experience of giving to others. Good Sam's is also extending the possibility of this experience to other parents and their children. Once every quarter they will be open on Saturday mornings for parents to come with their children and fill food boxes that will be given away the next Monday. Yesterday, Tuesday, the day normally devoted to the unhoused, the volunteers of Good Sams along with other community volunteers, hosted a Thanksgiving feast for the homeless. About forty people attended. Isn't it amazing to consider there are even 40 people/families in our community without a place to call home? [And there really are many more than the 40 who attended this feast. So many of the homeless in our communities maintain invisibility to the rest of us due to the shame associated homelessness.]
Megann - This was Megann's first day at Good Sam's.
If you want to know what's going on in Garland, Texas, visit the Good Samaritan's and read their bulletin board.