Shirley Maxwell and Hazel Parker of Mount Olive Lutheran Church.

Shirley Maxwell and Hazel Parker of Mount Olive Lutheran Church.

Blessed to be a blessing

Editor:

To quote a local celebrity: “It’s just that easy!”

Editor:

To quote a local celebrity: “It’s just that easy!”

(I am not related to nor do I wish to promote Shell Busey here, just a catchy phrase that fits.)

Recently, some seniors and I gathered at our church to “roll ’em up” for the local South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank, which is operated under the caring community services umbrella of Sources Community Resource Centre.

This ministry at Mount Olive Lutheran Church has been ongoing for about eight years and is an outreach to local people in need. We have found it can be easily facilitated by any community individuals or as a group.

A jar is labelled “Coins From Heaven” – call it what you wish – and placed where individuals or the group can easily access it and as often as they gather, just watch what happens!

Before those pennies, and all coins, are worth nothing at all, we’ve decided to get them out of the jars and bags in our dresser drawers and kitchen cupboards and into the hands of someone for whom they can be beneficial.

We first began this program on the challenge seen in your newspaper from a church further down the road, the name and location of which is long forgotten, but likely the food-bank recipients haven’t forgotten the help they received from those dollars.

We are blessed to be a blessing to others and to be in a position to share the wealth, even if it is only coins, as they sure add up.

Our recent donation was $342.25 toward fresh produce and the like. No sneezing going on at the food bank when that – or any – amount gets delivered. They are a very gracious and empathic lot!

The Semiahmoo Bottle Depot at 28-15515 24 Ave. – just down the driveway from the food bank – is also a great ‘source’ for Sources/Food Bank help. Drop your empties, collect your $15 or $20 and while en route out of the parking lot, stop at the food bank door to donate it.

It’s so easy to do and can make such a difference in people’s lives. None of us is immune to needing a boost now and then.

Many thanks for sharing our thoughts and ideas, if you’re able.

Patricia Jessen, Surrey