|Catherine and Helen were part of today's great team of dining room volunteers. They worked nonstop, serving 418 meals in two hours!|
I always arrive before 7:30 a.m. and the meal doesn't even start until 11 a.m., so he had a very long wait ahead of him.
The first Wednesday I saw him waiting by the door, I said, "good morning" and asked him if I could bring him a cup of coffee.
"Oh yes please," he said and when I returned with the cup of coffee and a Starbucks pastry he said, "God bless you lady."
Now that we've encountered each other three times, we know each other by name and I know just how Alfred likes his coffee.
"Hello, it's good to see you," I said to him this morning. "I'll be right out with your cup of coffee and I remember that you like it with sugar." He gave me a really big smile.
Alfred's sweet and grateful response is one of the reasons I love volunteering. Treating nice people just makes you feel good. Soon there were others waiting behind him and when the doors finally opened at 11 a.m. there was a very long line for the free for everyone meal.
Being the last Wednesday of the month, we were expecting a big crowd and we were right. We served 418 meals today.