The Smiths* already had four children, but their hearts wouldn’t let them ignore the plight of three more.
Last winter, the Smiths adopted three children who were set adrift by their biological parents’ drug addiction. They wanted to share the blessings they have received in their own lives. The generosity of their hearts covered the children in a safe and loving home, and the family began the beautiful work of healing wounds from their challenging past.
Unfortunately, the Smith’s physical resources didn’t stretch far enough to cover their new family of nine. While focusing on surrounding the children with the emotional support they needed, the Smiths also had to figure out how to feed nine people every day.
This month, Mr. Smith visited GraceWorks for help.
“It was his first time to come here for assistance,” said Erica Watkins, assistant manager of GraceWorks Neighbor Services. “He was so grateful.”
GraceWorks was able to play a small role in providing what the couple needed to continue following God’s call to serve others. Mr. Smith left with two shopping carts of food for their extra-large family.
Food is one of the top requests GraceWorks receives, Watkins said. Our neighbors can get a cart of food each month, and those who qualify can also receive USDA products. Last year, GraceWorks food pantries distributed nearly 6,000 full carts of food to families, 1,200 holiday food boxes, and over 24,000 weekend Fuel Bags for students.
While food is often the way GraceWorks connects with our neighbors needing help, food is not the end of our service. Thanks to our generous donors, GraceWorks can go a step further. For the Smiths, this extra step was clothes. We gave Mr. Smith vouchers for him to choose clothing from the GraceWorks Thrift Store for his family. The extra extension of help, thanks to our generous donors, wraps our neighbors in resources, but more importantly, it offers a community of support and a outpouring of God’s hope.
*Smith is not the family’s real name. It’s been changed to protect their privacy.