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 Vicky's Story

Volunteer Spotlight: Vicky Grow

Vicky Grow  

Volunteering wasn't an activity that Vicky Grow had in the plans for her retirement. However, when her husband asked for her to help him volunteer at Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, she jumped at the chance. 

 

"We discovered he needed open heart surgery, so he asked me to come along to help. If he wasn't able to keep up, I would fill in for him. Well, I cam and filled in to help him out and I just took over,” Vicky said.

 

The joy Vicky feels in serving the clients of the food pantry keeps her coming back at least twice a week.

 

Though some days present challenges, Vicky connects deeply with her volunteer work. She feels a humble reminder of her personal blessings each time she volunteers, engaging with clients from all walks of life, each with a different story behind their need.

 

"I wish everyone had the opportunity to be here and we would all understand the great need for others, not just to fill their baskets with food, but just somebody that will listen," she says. "You can't fix any of their problems but it means so much to them just to listen."

 

Vicky's passion for helping others shines as she credits her desire to help the Lord. "He qualifies those He calls. I was not qualified, but He qualified me," she says. "If you keep it in mind, it's His pantry. He's sending these people...for me to learn something from them, and to give myself to them." 

 

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