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We all know how much the Good Shepherd does to provide food, shelter and hope to the homeless and disadvantaged in Toronto. We know how the Brothers and staff work quietly and tirelessly to offer meals, beds, clothes and maybe most importantly, human connection to the men and women who come to the Centre each day. 24/7, 365, as my son says!
Today, though, my thought s are of how thankful I am for what the Good Shepherd has done for me, and does for others of us in the community, offering us the opportunity to help through our volunteer service.
I’m a regular, once a week volunteer. You can often find me at the end of the dinner line on Thursdays, serving milk. I always knew that when I retired, I would look for a volunteer role where I could really help people. Like many of us who were raised Catholic, I believe in giving to others of my time, in helping to make a difference in the world. I chose Good Shepherd because I liked the idea of helping prepare food and serving meals. Maybe it’s the mom in me, feeding others always feels good.
It can be a long three hour shift some days and I admit to being good and tired by the time I leave. But I always feel a sense of accomplishment, of thankfulness. Thankful for the opportunity to be of service, to offer a smile or kind word, to look past someone’s outward appearance to the light in his or her eyes. It is my weekly reminder that Christ is alive and well and working among us.
So, as we approach Thanksgiving, I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone here at the Good Shepherd, for making me feel like part of the family and for giving me the opportunity to help others. As small as my contribution is, I know that added with the contributions of hundreds of other volunteers, it adds up to making a difference in the world. Doing God’s work. Fighting the good fight.