Un­selfish gen­eros­ity

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

While driv­ing home re­cently from a stew­ard­ship and fi­nance com­mit­tee meet­ing where we dis­cussed how to en­cour­age gen­eros­ity among mem­bers of our down­town First United Methodist Church, as I passed by Terry Ele­men­tary School on Mara Lynn Drive, I saw an un­usual sight: a woman and a teenage girl sit­ting in lawn chairs in front of the open hatch­back of their car. A hand-let­tered sign stated “Free sand­wiches.”

The im­age was riv­et­ing to me. Though hur­ry­ing home to pre­pare din­ner, I de­cided to go around the block and come back to dou­ble-check what I had just ob­served. I stopped and vis­ited for a few min­utes, in­quir­ing whether it was a PTA project or a mis­sion pro­gram of their church.

I learned that it is solely a ser­vice project for the mother and her teenage daugh­ter, whose idea it was to make sand­wiches on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to give away be­cause of con­cern about chil­dren be­ing hun­gry, es­pe­cially in the sum­mer. So they drive of­ten to this lo­ca­tion be­cause it is across the street from a row of du­plexes and two blocks of apart­ment build­ings which as­sum­ably house many chil­dren and fam­i­lies of mod­est in­come. They said that since their of­fers are not al­ways ac­cepted, be­fore re­turn­ing home they drive to a nearby in­ter­sec­tion where home­less peo­ple of­ten stand beg­ging for food and dona­tions from pass­ing driv­ers. They said no peanut but­ter and jelly sand­wiches are ever wasted. I asked if I might take their pic­ture but did not ask their names. Per­haps I will see them again, but in the mean­time, I am thank­ing God that I could wit­ness their un­selfish acts of gen­eros­ity in these trou­bling times.

PAT LILE Lit­tle Rock

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