Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Service is Not What We Get, It's What We Give!

Dinner is served!
This past Sunday, the members of the New Democrats for Plainfield had dinner with the men, women, and children who reside at the Plainfield YMCA. This was done as one of our community outreach projects and in fulfillment of our mission to serve our community, including those less fortunate than ourselves. It is at this time of the year, in the spirit of the holiday season that we must give to those who need some assistance. Several members of our club did precisely that on Sunday, not just dropping off the meals, but serving and eating with our YMCA friends in need. It was a wonderful way to help lift the spirits of all present and share in a delicious homemade meal—smoked string beans, ham, baked chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, collard greens, barbecue chicken, peas and rice, baked ziti, corn bread, salad, and a variety of sumptuous desserts—all prepared by New Dems club members.

Dee and Niajah, with homemade gift bags for everyone!
Little 8 year-old Niajah Lawton, niece of Dee Dameron, added a special touch to our evening spent with the families by preparing (with a little help from Dee and her sister) 100 gift bags for the residents—these were Niajah’s gifts to them. It was a great lesson for an 8 year-old to learn and to teach. At a time when most children are looking for presents from Santa, Niajah was giving all that she could. As the Bible says, it’s more blessed to give than to receive.
We hope that the families with whom we had dinner on Sunday enjoyed the meal as much as we enjoyed serving it. Our only regret is that we couldn’t feed more people and that so many people still go hungry in this, the land of plenty. We will make sure that we do our part again with our next food drive in January.
Delicious food being served by club members.

I wish to thank all of the members of the New Democrats and their families who chose to spend their Sunday evening with the over 50 families at the YMCA. I thank them for caring and sharing. Service is not what we get, it is what we give. 



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