“Hope For To­mor­row” Hope Chests

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Rich Lewis

It must have been about 1977. I was pretty young and so the de­tails of the events are some­what fuzzy. It had been a tough year fi­nan­cially for my fam­ily and the rig­ors of pro­vid­ing for a fam­ily of 7 kids had been a mon­u­men­tal task for Dad. We never went with­out. All of the ne­ces­si­ties of life and liv­ing were taken care of for us and most im­por­tantly there was love in our home. I trea­sure the mem­o­ries and even though I was young, I re­mem­ber the strug­gle, and in ret­ro­spect, I trea­sure the strug­gle as well.

The hol­i­day sea­son was upon us, and we all knew that times were lean. We knew that there would be a Christ­mas, but we also knew that it would be mea­ger at best. One night there came a knock at the door. No-one was there, but there on our front porch were pack­ages. There was some­thing for each of us. It was sig­nif­i­cant. That Christ­mas I re­ceived my first three piece suit. It was fancy and it was just my size. It wasn’t cheap and I was so proud to own it. Some­one had been wise enough to know our cir­cum­stance and will­ing enough to act. That event, along with other acts of ser­vice in my life changed me.

This year when my company was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in The “Hope For To­mor­row” event I was ex­cited. We were asked to build hope chests based upon the theme “Hope Re­claimed” I im­me­di­ately started out with a few ideas and then lit­tle by lit­tle my crew be­came in­volved. Col­lab­o­ra­tively we came up with de­signs; One in­spired by my first bi­cy­cle, another made com­pletely from re­claimed barn wood. One was made from

ma­te­ri­als taken out of a dis­card pile of ma­te­ri­als from a mill and one was made from ma­te­ri­als from a re­cent re­model. As each chest was trans­formed from some­thing dis­carded into some­thing com­plete and beau­ti­ful, our en­thu­si­asm and ex­cite­ment for the project was built too. In the process of serv­ing a wor­thy cause we were no­tably changed. I look for­ward with an­tic­i­pa­tion to the date of the con­cert and hope that with the support of the com­mu­nity that we live in it will be a suc­cess this year and will grow each year so that we can help more and more peo­ple. e cre­ative juices are al­ready owing for next year’s event. I can’t wait to see what we come up with in the fu­ture. Small acts of kind­ness change both the giver and the re­cip­i­ent. I in­vite and chal­lenge each reader to be changed. Give gen­er­ously, re­ceive gra­ciously and be changed. Tick­ets for the Hope For To­mor­row ben­e­fit con­cert can be pur­chased at www.foodand­care.org for $10. The event is at the NuSkin build­ing on De­cem­ber 6th at 7 pm. Rec­om­mended dress is business ca­sual. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the hun­gry and those in need at The Food & Care Coali­tion.

Rich Lewis

One of many Hope Chests made out of re­claimed wood and other ma­te­ri­als for the Hope For To­mor­row ben­e­fit con­cert on De­cem­ber 6.

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