Soup Kitchen THANK YOU!!
This is my large swooping THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the April 19 Soup Kitchen. Energy, Energy & Energy are the three best words to describe the day’s St. A’s Café experience. The energy today was extraordinary.
We succeeded in the mission which is to serve an incredible meal in the most peaceful environment possible. This wasn’t quite the same peaceful we have become accustomed to. It was more vibrant and energetic than usual. There just seemed to be a fervent energy. At one point, I was even concerned because it was louder than it “should be” when everything is going perfectly. After surveying the entire room, I heard nothing more than laughter and boisterous fun, not unlike any gathering of my very Italian family.
For me, it was energizing because so many kids and teenagers volunteered for this effort. Their initiative, enthusiasm and genuine desire to serve were nothing less than inspirational. I pray they understand how much it all meant and how much it was appreciated by the guests they served.
Wow, was the kitchen humming. That same energy seemed to be spilling into and out of the kitchen. John, our chef, kitchen boss and mentor was as excited about how smoothly the kitchen operated as I have seen in a long time. Many of the kitchen helpers were new to the St. A’s Café but were quite comfortable and adept in the environment.
We had quite a few first timers again today. Thank you to the mentoring and direction the veterans provided. And thank you for making the first timers feel so welcome.
At the end, it was joyous and a lot of fun. Please take a moment to reflect about the joy and fun you helped bring to our guests, even if it was only for a few hours. Dignity and respect can and should be joyous and a lot of fun. Dignity and respect lasts more than a few hours.
It was an absolute pleasure serving our community with you.