In just over a month we will start our Holiday preparations. Halloween will be over, Thanksgiving planning will begin and while that's happening, Christmas carols will already be playing in the mall, on the car radio and in our supermarkets.
The carols will be playing in the three places our clients usually don't have the opportunity to listen to them. They don't shop at the mall, but at dollar and thrift stores. They use public transportation to get to these places. Their supermarket is the Francis House Food Pantry and we are not equiped with an overhead musak system.
The holidays are are a joyous time to celebrate and be thankful for what we have and who we love. Our clients....they celebrate too. They celebrate another year of living with the HIV virus. They celebrate that they have fought off death for another year. They celebrate that they too are thankful for what they have and who they love. They celebrate. Everyday.
Most of us don't think twice about buying our turkey and all the accoutrements that go with our meal. Our food pantry is limited and while we always have canned pumpking and cranberry sauce from those that bought too much the year before, the meal would be lacking with just those two items.
Over the last few years your generosity has helped Francis House provide the other stuff for those meals. Yes, the other stuff. The main stuff. Turkey, gravy, fresh vegetables and more. We could not have done it without you. I promise you, the happiness in the smiles as our clients acccess a full pantry is something that stays with me. Pure joy is noticable....and contagious.
We thank you for your donations and look forward to a feast fit for those who have something to celebrate.