“Volunteers work 35 hrs each week.”
by Mary Hirsch
What a year! With all the misery of 2020, I want to share a shining light of life from the Southern Hills Christian Church (Edmond) Weekend Breakfast program. These ladies and gentlemen never “closed”! Before the pandemic began, diners came inside to eat at tables with centerpieces and church members served their breakfasts and sat and visited with those who wanted the company. When the pandemic hit, alternate ways to serve breakfast had to be found so this group just bagged the breakfasts (and lunch and dinner sandwiches) and met people outside to share the food. Everyone is longing for a return to those pre-pandemic days!
Church member Georgia Shaw spearheads this program which she started in September 2018. She requested permission from the Leadership Council, donations from our members, and was off. In addition to Georgia’s leadership, volunteers work 35 hours each week purchasing food and supplies, and preparing, serving and cleaning up for Saturday and Sunday morning breakfasts. We are averaging about 35 guests each day and have had as many as 51!
We are so thankful to our friends and members who have made generous donations to the program. We also feel fortunate to have received several grants from the Oklahoma Disciples Foundation to help in the purchase of a commercial size refrigerator and freezer and to replace the church’s 40 year old dishwashers!
L-R: Kate Christie, Carolyn Christie (seated), Kay Ferris, Georgia Shaw, Pat Fennell