What follows is a letter of thanks that tells a story from Michael Masini to the volunteers who assisted and served at the Sunday Soup Kitchen last Sunday, March 8.
I want to offer bended knee thank you for your effort to make today another successful day at the St. A Café. There were many elements which made this one very special to me. We had a lot of first time friends who were more than generous with their donations and time. It’s always good to have new blood because they sometimes see our operation with a fresh perspective. Sometime this is where our innovation comes from. Expanding the mission is also important for reasons too numerous to list.
Today, we had a lot of first time guests. I’m usually somewhat concerned because new guests bring some potential unknowns to the dynamic. It also means that more people need to come to a soup kitchen to make ends meet. Unexpectedly, we had a smaller crowd today so I got the chance to get to know some of the new guests. I genuinely liked most of the people I met for the first time.
Maybe it is selective hearing; maybe it is my desire for each of these to have a deeper meaning; or maybe something happens that causes a common sentiment in the dining room.
Each of the new guests I met today commented not only about how hard our crew worked, but that they worked so hard with smiles on their faces. They were also impressed by the turn out of volunteers. I have come to learn that aside from the fact that it is necessary, the numbers demonstrate that there is a community that cares, not just a few individuals.
The quotes from our guests are always more meaningful than anything I can come up with. Honestly, I am usually a little uncomfortable when someone quotes the bible directly to me, but the man in the front table with the orange sweatshirt did it in such a way, I was good with it. He actually engaged me. “…you all get it...for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” He went on to say “I can see that doing all this gives you and your big team here a lot of pleasure and you know what, God’s pleasure and your pleasure are the same thing.”
“This seems to make you all so happy. I know it makes me happy!”
“A lot of pleasure” and “so happy”. That’s a good day. Thank you for being part of it.