Shopping for the Food Pantry

If December is all about the spirit of giving, then it was very appropriate for me to have begun this month with a commitment to pass on my DIYthemes referral commissions to those who need it more than I do. I wanted to write this post within a week of that first commitment post; however, as is so often the case, the Lord had different ideas about the future than I did.

Shortly after making the commitment, I made plans with a good friend from work to buy needed items for the food pantry her grandfather volunteers at. Her son Kyle — whose age could fit within mine three times comfortably — has more than once spent, for his age, lots of money in support of the pantry. That’s something he did willfully, voluntarily, because even though he may be young, he knew the need.

Kyle and the Second Cart No wonder Jesus desired that we receive little children; they can be incredibly inspiring.

On this past Wednesday, we — my wife, our friend and her two youngest, and I — set out into the aisles of our Walmart looking to fill a need (which, in addition to food, included various paper goods as well).

Final Tally: $200.50 Kyle did most of the shopping, with some help every now and then from his mom; I kept a running total on my phone’s handy-dandy calculator tool while also trying to capture some pics, and my wife was capturing some even better pics — she has that funny li’l advantage of being a professional photographer with a fancy-schmancy camera, after all.

To my own surprise, I was able to keep perfectly accurate count — which isn’t always so easy when potentially six different hands are adding sometimes dozens of items at a time to the cart. In any event, the total came to $200.50 which, when taking into account my employee discount, dwindled to $184.99, which represented the entirety of last month’s DIYthemes referral earnings + Kyle’s contribution.

I learned two very important things at Walmart that day.

The Receipt First, I learned that nearly $200 in very basic food & hygiene products doesn’t go very far at all; we had two full carts, but that’s it. There were enough items in the carts for hundreds of people to have one thing each, sure, but seeing ~$200 transformed into a short stack of canned goods — mostly store brand items, no less — it is eye-opening. I was forced into realizing just how much I take our own food for granted — that we not only have food, but that we have so much and such a variety that some of it isn’t even meal foods but is intended for snacking.

While others are fortunate if they are able to feed their children, let along themselves.

We were able to help out, in a very large part due to everyone who has purchased Thesis via Get-Thesis.com, and so I’m hoping to pass a little bit of the satisfaction of our excursion on Wednesday back to you via photograph. Thanks again for making this possible.

Charity Extreme
Charity Extreme
Onward to the Canned Goods
Onward to the Canned Goods
One Can, Two Can, Red Can, Blue Can
One Can, Two Can, Red Can, Blue Can
Smile!
Smile!
Ill-placed Pancake Mix
Ill-placed Pancake Mix
Backseat Full of Food
Backseat Full of Food
Into the Food Pantry
Into the Food Pantry
Inside the Food Pantry
Inside the Food Pantry
Inside the Food Pantry
Inside the Food Pantry

2 thoughts on “Shopping for the Food Pantry”

  1. Evidently that I have no idea how to maintain a train of thought when I’m trying to write & edit images at the same time.

    When I recall what that second thing was, I’ll edit the post. :)

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