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Love's Kitchen, supported by MANNA Food Bank - a UWHC partner agency, operates out of a Henderson County church and provides a hot lunch once a week to clients in need. They normally have their clients go through a buffet line to pick up their food and use paper plates and plastic utensils. Since Christmas was approaching, the staff decided they wanted to do something special for their guests. They got dozens of additional folks to volunteer as waiters, and set each table with linens, real plates, and silverware.
An older gentleman who was a regular at the meal site sat looking down silently at his plate with tears in his eyes. "Is everything okay?" a volunteer asked. "Oh, yes," the man replied. "It's just that I can't believe I am eating from a real plate."
The simple kindness shown to this man and others attending this Christmas meal may have seemed a small thing. But to him, it was a great gift. He may have fallen on hard times, but he was treated like a friend and offered respect and compassion.
Vincent Van Gogh said "Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." Here at United Way, we believe in the power of bringing small things together. We need YOU to help us continue to improve the lives of vulnerable people in our community. When we put our acts of kindness together, we make a big difference! Whether it is through volunteering or making a meaningful financial gift, together, we can help over 30,000 of our neighbors in Henderson County have a better life.