Even in our community, hunger sits in cold houses in our town, going without so their kids can have a little more to eat. Hunger may look like your neighbor, making the choice to purchase her medicine over food. Hunger sometimes looks like a senior citizen who made the choice to keep his heat on instead of eating tonight. Hunger is the little one sitting next to your own child in class, hoping someone shares a snack. Hunger pretends skipping breakfast is a choice while trying not to worry about where dinner is coming.
For Kriston, hunger was a lonely place. With five children shared between her and her husband, she knew she needed help, but she didn’t know where to go. Fortunately, the Good Samaritan Center was there for her when she needed it the most.
“The one thing that stands out to me about the Good Samaritan Center is it doesn’t matter what you look like, or what led you to their door. They will find a way to help,” Kriston shares.
But to do that, we need your help – either through sponsorship of one of our events, or through direct giving. To inquire about sponsorship, give us a call. Direct donations can be made using the PayPal button at right, or mailed in. Remember, any amount makes an immediate impact on our neighbors in need, and your donation is tax deductible.
Now, with more stability in her life, Kriston volunteers her time at the Good Samaritan Center. She hopes to give others in need the same feeling of warmth and acceptance she felt when she found herself alone and in need. She says coming into the Good Samaritan Center often felt like a warm hug, at a time when she needed embracing the most.
There are many Kristons in our community. Each of them have a story. Each of them are deserving. The Good Samaritan Center offers assistance in a number of ways, through access to the food pantry, assistance in keeping utilities on, or gas money to get to work. Help looks different to different people, and the Center is committed to meeting those changing needs. With your help, our mission can continue.
Martha J. Buckman
Executive Director, Good Samaritan Center