Friendships blossom with program

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Opinion

June 1, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Humanity House

The Humanity House Community Garden is coming along beautifully. Gardeners of all ages are growing amazing crops with row after row of gorgeous colors and textures that are quite pleasing to the eye.

Three-and-a-half years ago, during Santa’s Toy Shop, a little boy told me that all he wanted for Christmas was food in his house. Those words were heartbreaking and inspiring. The next spring Val McLean gave Humanity House permission to start growing produce to give away. Fresh for You produce distributions quickly became popular, and in the last two years we have grown nearly seven tons of produce and given it away. The people who come to the distributions come from all income levels, races, ages, and degrees of health.

In every program that we provide, we learn something valuable. Fresh For You taught us that people were looking for more than freshly grown produce. They were looking for companionship. Most of the people there did not know one another when we started. But over the course of the first year, they all became fast friends, helping each other out, sharing recipes, laughing and joking, showing concern for health issues, some arriving an hour early just to visit and spend time with others.

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