It seems only yesterday that we sent you an appeal for support. We were a band of 4 people who barely knew each other, embarked on an adventure, a quest. None of us mentioned it, not even to each other…but you were our only hope.
We were processing a 501(c)3 to open the Reservoir Food Pantry. And, until it came through, we needed a sponsor willing to share theirs. So, you got the letter, and invited us to lunch at Zen Mountain Monastery so we could meet and make our appeal. We joined you at your table on Sunday, October 27, 2013.
We begged, really, but you never let on. We went away that afternoon energized by your openness, professionalism, interest, concern. Eventually you did what you did and we received the support from your group.
You gave us a raft on which we floated until we got our own 501(c)3 and gained acceptance with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
So, today, as a result of your efforts, there is now a pantry on Route 28 in the Ashokan Reservoir area of Ulster County in New York serving over area households every Monday afternoon at 2 and every Tuesday morning at 9.
The majority of these people are seniors. For the most part, they have worked and lived all their lives in this area. They paid their taxes, raised their children, and contributed to their community. And now, in the 21st century they are finding they don’t have the resources to feed themselves. They constitute the senior citizen faction of the new 21st century Struggling Class.
The pantry volunteers look forward to serving the hungry for many years to come. They’ve had the last year to become a very dedicated and close knit group. The community appears to accept the services offered by these very special people.
IN CONCLUSION: Thank you Konrad Ryushin Marchaj for all you have done for yourself and your fellow man. I saw you change the world around you for the better. That counts for a lot in my book.
I wish you well on your continued journey of spiritual growth. I am proud to have been touched by you. On behalf of all the hungry people volunteers feed weekly, I offer gratitude. It is an honor and a pleasure.
I cannot thank you enough for your trust, your support, and your confidence in our humble venture
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“Hi Thurman, this is Margo.”
“Hi, Thurman, this is Pieta.”.
I get these calls occasionlly…randomly. I never know when to expect them. They are always a wonderful surprise!
Margo called earlier this week with book bags for the pantry. Pieta calls with items of dignity: deodorant, women’s feminine products, bars of soap, razors.
In all cases, these gifts are distributed to people who simply do not have the funds to provide for themselves. Margo’s recent gifts of book bags came with pencils, crayons, spiral notebooks, composition books.
Think back to your own childhood. How difficult was it for your family to get you ready for school? Was there money for school supplies? Did you ever begin the school year unprepared with even the basic essentials needed? Were you ever embarrassed by this situation…either for yourself or for others?
In today’s Struggling Class, there is no money left over for things like school supplies, school lunches, new school clothes.
When Margo and Pieta drop items off for our pantry, they never ask or expect gratitude or even recognition. With Pieta, I just come home and find bags of these beautiful necessities waiting for distribution.
And, I know that pantries throughout Ulster County are receiving these wonderful items. Margo casually mentioned that the Ulster County Realtors Association purchased 500 book bags this year.
On behalf of pantry shoppers everywhere, I send gratitude. There are so many people in the Struggling Class these days.
The Ulster County Realtors Association is reflective of the attitude toward generosity in Woodstock. In Woodstock, people are comfortable just dropping off things that the Iess fortunate can use. No one seeks recognition. No one wants a thank you note. They just want the things to be used by people who need them.
You may feel that I have mistakenly posted this article in the wrong blog…that this article should have been sent to http://www.hungerisnotadisease.com. But, I intentionally posted it here at http://www.goodmorningwoodstock.com because Margo and Pieta and the Realtors completely personify the Woodstock attitude toward giving. Both as individuals and as a group, Woodstockers will give their last dollar, their only coat to someone, anyone who needs it.
I offer a salute of gratitude for the generosity.
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