Thanks to volunteer Karen Vargas who sent in the following article providing a recap of the June 22, 2019 event at Life Bridge Community Church in Wacaunda. For more pictures from this event, go to our album on Facebook titled 2019June22 – Mobile Food Pantry at Lifebridge
On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Food For Friends partnered with the Life Bridge Community Church and Cristo es la Roca in Wauconda for a Mobile Food Pantry to serve their community at large.
Cristo es la Roca and Life Bridge Church served over 100 families is this weekend’s event. With over 50 volunteers, leaders of the event decided to try something new. Volunteers were invited to build a relationship with guests to foster a community of support.
After a guest at a previous event spoke to a volunteer about the extensive distance they traveled to visit the mobile food drive, Life Bridge Community Church provided the event with gas cards that would be given to guests. Volunteers were rounded up before guests were provided with food and were encouraged to get to know at least one guest, if a conversation arose about the long distance they traveled to attend the event, volunteers would give the family or individual the gas card. This was meant to encourage volunteers to engage in authentic conversations with guests and also provide a specific need.
The results were a thing one must see in person. As you walked through the gym where breakfast was served, you could hear laughter, see tears and a whole lot of hugs. Above all, you can feel the love each and every volunteer had for the people they served and the appreciation from the guests.
One volunteer put it best when they said, “They think I am blessing them, but little do they know, they are blessing me.”
Life Bridge Community Church and Cristo es la Roca are located at 700 W. Liberty st, Wauconda, Il 60084. If you would like to learn more about Life Bridge Community Church and Cristo es la Roca, check out their website at http://lifebridge-cc.org/welcome and/or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lifebridgecommunitychurch