St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen: A Thankful Heart

I am making cheese sandwiches. Yum!

I am making cheese sandwiches. Yum!

St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen is such a humbling experience.  When I arrived I met Martin, Ron, and Becky.  There was truly a sense of God’s presence with Christian music playing in the background and watching the other volunteers’ faces show just how much they love what they are doing.  Becky and I made cheese sandwiches, passed out breakfast and lunch to the homeless and even sorted some cans. A volunteer’s job is to prep the food, interact with others by serving the food and clean up. She really wanted to make sure that I got the full experience of what it means to volunteer at St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen and for that I am truly grateful.

I am serving lunch to the homeless.

I am serving lunch to the homeless.

As I was passing out the food for the homeless, I got this overwhelming sense of joy but did not know if I wanted to cry, laugh, or smile.  When I asked the homeless how they were doing, most replied, “I am blessed.”  We all should take a lesson from the homeless.  In today’s society, we can get caught up in the materialism and idolism of thinking we need the next new electronic, wanting to be a different person, or idolizing “famous” people.  I am guilty of this and it is a daily struggle.  But that is when I have to stop and remind myself to be content and thankful for what I have.  God gives me everything I need, and that goes without saying “I am blessed.”

Sorting through cans.

Sorting through cans.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Soup Kitchen has been operating continuously since 1870. Six days a week they serve our community’s poor, homeless and less fortunate. They average more than 300 meals serving a day – 91,000 in 2012. They can provide two meals a day to a precious child of God with your support of time, talent and treasure and prayers. Volunteers are needed Monday thru Friday from 7:15 AM to 10:00 AM. If you are interested in becoming a Soup Kitchen Volunteer, we know you will find it to be a rewarding ministry and have fun along the way! If interested, please call Ron at 901-527-5350.

At lunch time, you can get two sandwiches, chips, and soup.

At lunch time, you can get two sandwiches, chips, and soup.

Thank you for reading! Blair Hayes is searching for a job where she can merge her enthusiasm for our community with her education and experience; she can bring a positive attitude ministering to high school students, college-aged students and families.  If you know of a great fit, please send it our way: jobleads@volunteerodyssey.com.

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