I have been a volunteer at Star of Hope's Women and Family Emergency Shelter since August 1, 2007. I work in the Family Supply Store every Wednesday. Doing this has touched my life in so many unexpected ways.
I no longer take things for granted. I am grateful for every gift that God gives me. It has taught me to share those gifts with people who are not as fortunate.
I bring hard candy every week to share with the guests. One evening when I arrived I heard a child cry out, “The Candy Lady is here!” It just doesn’t get any better than that, to be known as “The Candy Lady.” I encourage my friends to give me things that the guests at the Mission could enjoy. . . like books, magazines, make-up samples, gently used toys and clothing.
My friends are so happy when I tell them how happy their gifts made the guests. But most of all, volunteering at Star of Hope means that I have an opportunity to brighten someone’s day. If I can do that, it’s a good day.
Star of Hope Volunteer