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Leave your “grumpies” at home

Apryl Davenport, Deering

I have had the honor of volunteering for the USDA Farmer to Families National Program collaborating with Great Plains Food Bank under the direction of Matty K. This federal program made available produce boxes for families and food pantries in and around the Minot area for the past 5 months.

I have volunteered alongside the men of the DAV, young people from Latter-Day Saints, MHS students and their teachers, men and woman from local businesses in and around Minot, all lending their muscle to lift boxes into vehicles. When the truck arrives on time the operation sails smoothly to get the produce boxes into the hands of those needing food assistance during these pandemic times.

During this time, I have witnessed people picking up boxes for their home bound neighbor, a friend who is working and unable to participate. I have talked to people picking up for their senior neighbors or grandparents. People have wanted to give a donation. We have received thank you cards.

Yesterday the line of vehicles wrapped around the Dome, down the street, were backed up on 11th, lines passed the Bessette parking lot on the hill. I had never witnessed a bumper to bumper line or rows of cars for the Farmer to Family boxes.

There were individuals that stopped and let a vehicle merge in front of them in their long line. This act of kindness could potentially keep them from reaching the delivery point – and perhaps an empty palette. The truck was late in arriving and yet folks smiled, were patient, grateful, and kind during the long wait.

Then there were those who are reading this and know who you were yesterday. This programs intent was to assist as many people as possible. In the spirit of sharing and lending a helping hand. Perhaps your day did not begin as you hoped, perhaps you are dealing with other personal concerns, or being patient and thankful is not part of who you are – HOWEVER- there are few exceptions that say it’s okay for you to be rude to others. Your best did not shine yesterday, for those of you who were rude to the volunteers with your words and your actions.

Thank you to the hundreds of people that participated yesterday, thank you for filling out the intake form, thank you for wearing masks, thank you for your thumbs up and waves. We have one more distribution to go to end the season of giving…leave your harsh words and your “grumpies” at home. Come with a thankful heart!

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