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The Food Pantry and State Budget

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the budget impasse recently.  Many organizations are struggling, and the YWCA is no exception.  But as we tend to be a glass-is-half-full kind of bunch, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the beautiful things we have witnessed as a result of the impasse.  

Giving. Giving. Giving.  And love. And kindness.  And generosity.  The list could go on.  Over the last 6 months, we have not received any public funding to stock the shelves of our Food Pantry.  Given that we help feed an average of 120 families every month, this could be disastrous.  But our shelves have remained stocked.  Because when called upon, our community helps; supports; commits.  For six months, we have continued to feed those 120 families, without any cuts, because community businesses, organizations, clubs, groups and individuals give.  And with recent donations, we anticipate continuing the important work of feeding the hungry well into February 2016.  

While these donations are made to the YWCA, it is our participants, in reality, who benefit. This is the gift given to our participants  through the generosity of our community.  But there is another aspect that often goes unarticulated.  And that is the honor of witnessing the giving, the love and kindness, the generosity.  That is what our staff get to see, and that is a beauty few are fortunate enough to experience.  

So as we end this year, still with no budget in place, we choose to be thankful.  And we choose gratitude.  Instead of lamenting our hardships, we choose to recognize and hold dear the light of graciousness that is bestowed upon our participants.  Because that is the real gift.

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