Deborah’s journey from job loss to community service is a testament to resilience and the power of giving back. In 2015, Deborah found herself laid off, struggling to make ends meet. She had been working all her life, so when that happened it was a setback. The financial strain made it difficult to put food on the table. It was a tough period for Deborah, but she knew she needed help. Her salvation came when a friend referred her to the local food pantry. “I’m grateful to the Quincy Community Action Programs. As a single mom, I don’t know what would be on my dinner table each night without them.” Unemployment benefits only covered a fraction of her expenses, like rent. But the food pantry played a pivotal role in bridging the gap, ensuring that she could provide for her family.
At first, she was a client, but soon she was invited to volunteer. Deborah eagerly accepted the opportunity to give back. She started volunteering two days a week, but her commitment grew, eventually leading her to dedicate five days a week. She experienced firsthand how crucial food assistance was for families like hers and she wanted to put others at ease. “It’s the best feeling in the world to give back and help others.”
Deborah’s story highlights the importance of community support, especially during challenging times. She emphasized the significance of donations and encouraged others to be kind and generous. Even small contributions make a significant impact on families, especially during the holidays. “The pantry gives wonderful Thanksgiving boxes filled with turkey, potatoes, carrots, gravy, cranberry sauce – all that they need to enjoy a holiday meal with their families and that’s so important.”
Her journey from client to volunteer showcases the incredible strength of the human spirit and the positive ripple effect of helping one another during tough times.