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A Little Kindness Makes Such a Difference

I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Edmonton Food Bank and its volunteers. I didn’t realize how much I needed a bit of kindness in my life until they stepped up and reminded me there are good people in this world.

Life isn’t going good for me right now. My careers goals have been put on a indefinite hold, I lost my job, and I’ve had to change homes. I’m on income support until I find a job and it has been harder than I’ve ever experienced in the past. Unemployment took a lot out of the self esteem and I’ve gone day by day feeling like a massive failure. What’s worse is recently a loved one has experienced a permanent, sharp decline in health and I’ve feeling absolutely powerless to do anything about it. At the moment life felt pretty hopeless.

May was the first month I noticed I was going to run out of food before the end of the month. I contacted the Food Bank for the first time and I really didn’t know what to expect. Come the pick up day life happened and I wasn’t able to pick up my hamper. I was told it was too late to cancel, but tried anyway so that I didn’t waste anyone’s time. Admittedly I had a single bag of tortilla chips and a bag of frozen veggies to last me the next 3 days, but it felt doable if I spaced it out.

Come pick up time I get a call about my hamper. When told I wasn’t able to make it, the preacher did everything he could to arrange a pick up. When that didn’t work, he told me he was going to drop the food off personally because “you have to eat”. When he arrived I must have been wearing my life on my face and he asked me what was going on so he could offer a prayer. The offer was so genuine and so appreciated.

When he left I had looked at all the food I’d been gifted and sobbed. I felt so undeserving of so much. I’ve been living off junk food, buying groceries at the dollar store and getting the cheapest stuff going at Wal-Mart. I was more concerned over how much I could get while spending as little as possible. They’d given me cheese! Bread! Eggs! Yogurt! Lettuce! It was all so wonderful and such a great reminder that I’m not alone in all this. That people out there care if their neighbors get by.

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I cannot thank the Edmonton Food Bank enough. I hope soon I’ll be able to repay the favor.

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