We exist to glorify God and to be His hands and feet to our community specifically those in need. We cannot take away everyone’s pain or suffering but we can bless them with a sandwich or meat, milk and sometimes a chocolate cake.
This email came in yesterday morning so I wanted to share it:
I just wanted to thank you so very much for allowing me to collect food for a woman in need from YAS. She has applied for the food stamp program but hasn’t been approved, so my friend and I are helping her out, and God is amazing!
The first time I collected food from YAS, my friend picked it up on Monday and delivered it to her that night. I mentioned her story to my boss, and he felt led to give her his tithe money in cash, which is unusual for him to do….period..he put it in an envelope for her and wished to remain anonymous…little did we know that monday morning her utilities were shut off, and even though they approved her for aid, she needed $187.00 cash the next morning…..the money was just enough for her bill with $12.00 left over. She said that night they ate the food YAS gave them, enjoyed the nice chocolate cake also with real MILK and knew God had taken care of them! I cannot thank you enough for the food, which made her burden lighter!
God is awesome the way He orchestrates our lives in PERFECT harmony! So anyway, this story warmed my heart and I wanted you to know how wonderful the YAS program is!
Thanks again for being obedient to God’s direction!
For those of you who don’t know, my husband, who is the pastor of our church, and I are right in the heart of Los Angeles seeing his radiologist oncologist for what he has now which is brain mets because of his melanoma. About six weeks ago Eric started having bad headaches and intermittent vomiting. This prompted more nausea medication from his last Yervoy chemotherapy/immunotherapy. he asked me to call his doctor for a refill which was also a red flag for his doctor stating he takes to much of compazine, an anti-nausea med. they then scheduled a CT scan which showed a small 5mm tumor on the left frontal lobe of his brain. You don’t know what to feel really. But another high resolution scan showed a second one on the right side which is why we are in LA at the Kaiser LAMC.
On our way here last Thursday on Vermont and Sunset are several homeless people of all ages living with their baskets/tents/homes. I asked the doctor if he was heartbroken for the homeless and he responded, “homeless…where?” Eric looked at me but I could not control my mouth….,”all the ones up and down Vermont and Sunset.” He said, “I don’t think I have ever seen them.” My thoughts, not words, “you have got to be kidding me, how can you not see them?”
We went home after a long night at the hospital and now we are back today..back in a place where many homeless and schizophrenic live. It is interesting coming here after living in the Orange bubble. I am sure there are many churches and organizations that help but a lot of them don’t want help.i wanted to walk because we are sitting a lot so we went to this wonderful cafe for lunch but it is 93 F here…pretty hot. The restaurant is on Vermont so we had to walk a little way and on the way we gave a homeless man some money. We also saw this small naked man with a small baby blanket size cloth covering his head because of the heat sitting against the wall shaking. (This all happened as we were walking) another man put some juice next to him because it was pretty hot and the man under the blanket through the juice back. The homeless man was demented. He reminded me of the story in the bible of the man who was called the “demoniac.”
Then we got a coffee (of course). I told Eric the barista is kind to the homeless because he had several water cups filled but when I asked him about the water he said he just made them up ahead of time for the customers because he did not want to do be bothered with them later. Eric mentioned that most get rejected when they try to help and I do understand that but a lot of us rejected Christ when He gave us His life so for those of us who help the down and outers, the homeless, the working poor and the unthankful…lets not stop. Someone will take the cup of cold water or the bread we share.
Last week several of us from around Orange County that serve the low income, some homeless, motel families, single parents and other services came together to meet at Second Harvest. It was wonderful because we finally met face to face with many that have a desire to serve those in need and have served for years but not for the money. Although there are many causes out in our world today, such as Charity Water, which is quite impressive to say the least, there are many of us who have worked for years serving without the thought of raising a lot of money, getting any kind of a paycheck, (most of us volunteer or are paid very minimal) or any recognition.
What was so nice were the ideas and things that these organizations do such as mobile health clinics, case management to help get others off the streets, children’s books and programs with Project Dignity, churches that give out food and cooked meals. I mean this is outstanding if you really think about it.
Some of us give money and we need money to pay for the gas, the facilities, the food, the overhead and some part-time staff. But others of us give time. We get yelled at sometimes, we get kissed on the face, we get hugs and thank yous…people on the street that you don’t remember helping come and tell you thank you when you are getting your Starbucks. (yes, I am addicted, just ask anyone) Those moments are priceless. Most of us are not government supported because if so, they could tell us who to serve or who not to serve. We are people serving and giving.
This flood of feelings come over you when a mom leans over her car and cries and cries when one of us gave her a gift or a cake because she feels God heard her prayer. Or the family who just got kicked out of their apartment because they just could not afford it any longer and you are able to pay for one night somewhere and the only reason you could do that was because a dedicated family who is teaching their children to give saves all their coins to give to YAS and you just happened to get that envelope.
You make so many friends it is incredible. We all stand side by side working in all different ways, packing, cleaning, patrolling, sorting, mopping….you name it we do it.
I just want to say a big thank you to those who do not do this for the recognition but because of love and some of us are commanded to do so by Christ who said, “freely you have received, freely give.”
This is a great way to serve the community as a body of believers. We have one church small group that gives to fresh oranges YAS regularly which is Mars Hill OC. They collect oranges from around the city of Orange and bring them to us to redistribute to those in need. Thanks Mars Hill OC!
Just as this person said….we are feeding families now and not just individuals.
In this Orange bubble, many are seeking jobs. At YAS every week we see new faces along with the old. Those that have lost jobs or are way overqualified for the job they are in. Every month we give out over 25,000 lbs of food here in this area locally. A community where most of the US thinks we are not hit by this difficult economy.
Thanks to you who give to organizations like ours. There are many. One family who just dropped off an envelope with money to us. We don’t know who they are but last year they started collecting their dollars and coins for those in need. The money helps pay for the gas that the van uses to pick up the food and the food we purchase from Second Harvest because we are an agency. Thank you for the many dedicated volunteers that come out weekly to help who are never recognized.
There are many great causes out there and we are one of them. We feed people in need.
- Binders full of applicants for clerk-recorder (ocregister.com)
- Clouds shuffle over O.C.; cold storm coming (ocregister.com)
What is a food pantry?
A food pantry is a charitable organization that distributes food and other products directly to those in need. Usually based on emergency or short term basis. (This is what we do!) For people like Hal who is 97 years old. He is retired from Disneyland as a bell hop in one of the hotels. I cannot believe he is 97, can you?
What is a food bank?
A nonprofit that solicits, receives, inventories, stores and distributes food and other products to various charitable agencies which tends to charge a fee to agencies in order to cover their costs.
The differences between food pantries and food banks are these:
As an agency, we do not charge a fee but we do pay a fee for food received from our food bank. We are very thankful for the food we are able to get but we do still pay agency fees which for us can be anywhere from 600.00 to 800.00 per month. A food pantry is where the local community can come and receive food for themselves and their family for no cost so we get to know the people personally (which we all love). A food pantry keeps the food local to those in the area of the location or the general surrounding area.
This is Francisco- he has had both knees worked on and can barely walk. He brings us avocados from his tree.
Related articles (www.youarespecial.org)
- Bottom Line – Lingering joblessness taxes nation’s food banks (youarespecialblog.org)
- Neighbors who give to food pantries (youarespecialblog.org)
- Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway and Food Drive in Orange CA You Are Special food bank/food pantry (youarespecialblog.org)
- Are other countries not battling the food insecurit and economic crisis we are? (youarespecialblog.org)
Los Angeles Times~Tiffany hsu
|One in five Americans said they had trouble affording enough food at times last year, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)|
During the 12 months of 2011, 18.6% of families across the country said that at times there wasn’t enough money to buy food, according to the Food Research and Action Center. That’s up from 18% in 2010 and the highest annual rate in the four years that the organization has put out its annual food hardship report.