The Gift of love

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

Do­minique and Mark Lewis

IT MAY not have been the tra­di­tional first date. But a de­liv­ery run for wel­fare char­ity Gift a year ago set Mark Lewis and Do­minique Levy on the road to true love — they have re­cently mar­ried.

“I was go­ing through a re­ally dif­fi­cult time and he was do­ing deliveries for Gift,” re­called Mrs Lewis, 30,who works in prop­erty.

“Mark is un­usual in that he is al­ways think­ing of oth­ers. We had just met at a Shab­bat meal and were get­ting to know each other. He sug­gested one way of get­ting through a dif­fi­cult time was by giv­ing to other peo­ple. I hadn’t thought about it like that.”

Meet­ing fam­i­lies Gift sup­ports with food and other es­sen­tials “was bet­ter than any din­ner date be­cause we were do­ing some­thing nice for some­one else.

“I re­ally got a chance to see the dif­fer­ence we made. It made me feel good about my­self.”

Added Mr Lewis, 33, who works as a gas engi­neer: “I just thought it would be a mean­ing­ful date. The core of a per­son is what they do with their spare time.

“I think it helped me to show who I was as a per­son and what I was try­ing to get out of life.

“We are a self­ish gen­er­a­tion and that is why peo­ple are so de­pressed. The more you give, the bet­ter you feel.”

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