A Poem of Thanks – December 2012

I love receiving cards and letters this time of the year. Yesterday, I received a contribution along with a thank you note from the grandmother of a young man who was raised in northern Pennsylvania.  She wanted to thank DDB for “feeding her grandson when he was down on his luck” and for “caring for him” when she could not. The young man’s grandmother referred to his eating at Downtown Daily Bread for three months, receiving clothing, and using DDB lockers and showers.  She wrote us that “he is now back on his feet and doing much better.”  She sent us her “blessings.”

Another card came from the father of a bi-polar son, “Alan,” who was helped by Downtown Daily Bread.  He wanted to thank the counselor who took the time to get to know Alan and to help him receive the mental health counseling he needed.  The father told us that Alan “is doing much better, has an apartment, and may go back to school next year.” He ended his note “without you, I don’t know where my son would be sleeping nights.”

One of the most meaningful notes we received came from a DDB client in the form of a poem.  It was entitled, “New Beginnings.”  The last two stanzas of the poem read as follows:

“It does not take a new year
to make a brand new start,
it only takes a deep desire
to try with all your heart.”

So never give up in despair
and think that you are through
for there’s always a tomorrow
and a chance to start anew.”

A “New Beginning” is something that Downtown Daily Bread would like to offer everyone. In this season of hope, please help us bring hope to the hungry, poor, and homeless of Harrisburg.  The men, women and children who come to us depend upon your generosity.  Please send your tax deductible donation payable to Downtown Daily Bread to help us feed the hungry for $2 a meal ($10 for 5 meals; $20 for 10 meals, etc.) and to provide our Lunch Plus services to the homeless. DDB sends warm regards to you and yours and warm wishes for a Happy Healthy 2013.

– Elaine Strokoff, Executive Director

Categories Monthly Bites | Tags: | Posted on December 21, 2012

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