Generosity goes a long way
by Chip Latcham
Mar 26, 2014 | 267 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At first glance last Friday morning, downtown business owners and employees wondered why so many cars were lining up behind their stores.

Some super sale? Free barbecue? Spurs playoff tickets?

Later, they were concerned about how they were going to back out of their parking spaces to go to lunch.

The long line of vehicles snaked for three blocks through the back of the parking lot, near the Depot Pavilion, and back the same distance along the old railroad tracks.

As it turned out, the hundreds of autos were filled with families who were there to pick up packages of commodities brought to town by the Corpus Christi Food Bank.

Volunteers and helpers were provided from four local organizations: the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and its Knights of Columbus organization.

Our reporter noted that two local business owners organized the first delivery of the food last month. Word must have gotten around—judging by the size of last week’s crowd.

One of the organizers said a Food Bank representative made a presentation recently at the Wednesday Luncheon Club, explaining how that organization could help provide badly needed food for families in need.

The two then began organizing this local effort and decided to call it “The Beeville Mobile Pantry.”

Others, such as the Beeville Vineyard, First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church, offer nutritional assistance to those less fortunate in our community.

But the need here is almost overwhelming.

“You wouldn’t believe how many people qualify,” one Mobile Pantry organizer said. “It’s really a wonderful thing.”

We believe it’s a wonderful thing these two business owners are doing, without seeking any credit. Also our congratulations to all the others who are assisting.

“We’re just meeting a need,” one of them said.

Perhaps. Yet, we recall a story about a certain King who was pleased with those who fed the hungry. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” He said in Matthew 25:40.
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