Trips to the supermarket are pretty uneventful for the most
part one would think.
On a recent Friday, after work, my husband and I decided to
make a quick stop at an area supermarket to pick up a few things.
Outside the entrance of the market was a scene that
regularly you do not see in suburbia ... a pregnant woman accompanied by a youngster displayed a handwritten message on a manila folder
asking for help for food, etc.
We were struck by the sight. We decided we wanted to help. We
bought some ready to eat foods staples and hurried down to pay as we knew once
they spotted her she would be told to move on.
Right on cue, as I exited the market with a couple of bags
for the woman, she was being told to move on. I repeated to her a few times the
name of an organization in the area that could offer some help as she and the
youngster went on their way.
To me this was a reminder that what we have is a gift. And,
it could go away anytime and that there are
many that need our help every day.
You only need to talk to the folks at Community Housing
Services in Lansdale.
Their job is endless and very challenging. On a recent visit I took this photo.
there are items on the cupboards, we have to remember that sometimes the need
is greater than the supply.
During my brief stop, I spent some time talking with Jolene
Freed, a staff member at CHS. Freed said the week of June 4 a total of 71 different households made use of the food cupboard service. It was
one of their busiest weeks, she told me. And, that number included 13 new
families. And with summer under way sometimes donations dwindle. Hunger and need do not go on vacation.
Any help, is good help, regardless of how big or small.
Community Housing Services welcomes donations of
foods such as canned meats like chicken, fish, etc.; canned fruits and
vegetables; cereals; boxed milk, among other items.
They also welcome donations to help the homeless. The
non-profit provides services such as crisis intervention, housing for the
homeless, food cupboard and more.
They are located at 311 N. Broad St., Lansdale.
Their number is (215) 362-5250.