May 31 Soup Kitchen Café BBQ a success!
All: THANK YOU to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Barbeque. I’m most excited when we have so many new and young volunteers. It was incredible how smoothly things went considering the fact that we had so many volunteers who are new to this. In the St. A Café tradition, you did an outstanding job.
The overall them for this event was “Youth”. Not only was there an overwhelming turnout from kids and teens, there seemed to be a genuine interest in continued participation. I was impressed by how hard and efficiently they worked. I was grateful to see how well they bused the tables. There were rarely dirty plates or cups left on the tables. But in all, I was amazed at how many kids seemed to serve with so much care.
As always, our efforts were recognized and appreciated by our guests. Our guests were excited by the menu, especially the grilled burgers. This meal is the hardest to prepare as it requires on-site preparation. As evidence of the appreciation, I am sharing some of the quotes I heard.
“You’re all making it feel like summer…a grilled hamburger with coleslaw, potato salad and watermelon…It almost feels like the sun is shining.”
One guest commented, “You announced that your waiters and waitresses are not professionals. I waited tables for a long time and I know the job. They sure act professional and they seem to know what they are doing. Did they go to training?”
“This is just the best, the burgers were juicy...and man… I love watermelon. Thanks for everything.”
“I can’t get over how many kids are here doing God’s work. Starting young…what a blessing to us and to them.”
When I asked one of our girls scout volunteers what she thought of it all, she responded, “It was hard, hectic and fun.”
Somehow, these quotes sum up everything. Your efforts brought nourishment, sunshine and blessings. The work was professional, hard, hectic and fun. Please take a moment to think about the impact you made on the lives of our guests. The impact will last more than 3 hours. Ultimately, you simply made a lot of people feel really good.
Enjoy your summer.