A man who has been coming for a while sat down with me to say that this program was wonderful for so many of them and he really appreciated the help to get some of the things that really add to the budget. He feels it is like a home gathering, people together discussing things that matter to them, doing volunteer time to help others.
- St. Paul's Cumberland, MD
Everyone is nice. This is a great opportunity to serve need-based people. It's an opportunity to go to church and help others in need of a friend. It's a great time to help and support and just to let them know we care.
- Amy Gotwalt
Bountiful Blessings offers a hand UP not a hand OUT to people in need within the community of a participating church by requiring that a relatively small amount of time a month be volunteered back to the church. That way, the benefit is mutual between the recipient and the church - they are helping each other, and each retains their respect.
- Becki Essex
I love working for Bountiful Blessings. I receive a great deal of satisfaction by helping others - it makes me feel happy to help my neighbor. I love the people who run the program and all my friends that I've made! It is a true joy for my Wednesdays to come around. The fellowship is grand and the people are great. It makes a person feel good to be of service to others - I find it most rewarding.
When Terry asked me to help with a new project called "Bountiful Blessings" - assisting those in need of paper products, soap, etc - I thought it was something I'd be interested in if there was an actual need. But I was sure that this wasn't the case, not in a community on the West Shore (a suburb of Harrisburg).
Was I in for a surprise! When the word got around, people came from miles away for any help they could get - grateful for even the smallest item from a box of soap to a roll of toilet paper. It soon grew to a point that we had to spread into a better location. We then opened a clothing exchange and I began working over there. Once more, the people were so grateful to be able to purchase so much clothing for a single dollar per bag, and all the money went back to Bountiful Blessings for supplies.
I'm not so sure who gets the most out of the few hours a month I spend there. Is it those we help, or me? I'm sure in the long run, it's me! I go home each time tired but happy in the knowledge that I've helped someone less fortunate. I thank God and Terry for this opportunity.
- Nedra S.
Life can come at your fast. When difficult obstacles arise, often times asking someone for help can make you feel like a burden. But I have found through Bountiful Blessings, getting help has never been so rewarding, not only for my family, but for my community as well. I have never been invited into such a warm family whom I've been able to take from and give back to. Like a true family, having someone and something to turn to when I need a hand is refreshing, and that's what I have found through Bountiful Blessings.
Bountiful Blessings has truly been a blessing to me and a reminder of God's provision. After having leg surgery last year, I found myself unable to work and waiting for short-term disability insurance to begin. Unfortunately, I didn't have any savings and I found myself struggling to pay not only the bills, but household expenses. Bountiful Blessings gave me the household items to supplement the food items donated by my home church, which helped me to use the limited funds I had to pay the necessary insurance payment and medical co-payment bills.
After I recovered from surgery and went back to work, I did not forget the kindness of the people that I met at Bountiful Blessings and soon began to volunteer there. Now, I contribute in my small way to their simple but vital mission, receiving in return a double blessing of new friendships and a chance to help others. It is yet another amazing way that I am truly reminded of God's Bountiful Blessings and love.
Pastor Tony is very kind. Helped me many times with paper/hygiene products... Food, rides there. And always had time to listen to concerns.
- Melissa Fahler