Meet Charles. We call him CC. He's a hero of mine.
A union carpenter, he has dedicated his life to helping people. CC would tell you that he's not perfect, and wishes he could take some things back, but this guy is the real deal.
He's a full time volunteer. Yes, full time. When he gets a big job doing some carpentry, we miss him when he's gone for a few days to get some money to help his family. Other than those times (which are few and far between in this economy), he is here. All. The. Time.
I remember getting on a forklift to do some things in the warehouse, when we were without a warehouse manager last year. CC was barking directions, and I said, "why aren't you certified to drive a forklift?"
"No one's every told me I was, boss," he replied.
As a forklift trainer, I went over everything that he already knew, and gave him a forklift certification. He's been driving ever since and doing a wonderful job.
CC is a worker. He works hard. He works efficiently.
I remember at Thanksgiving, our warehouse manager and I were at the warehouse prepping it for people to make holiday baskets for 6 hours. We were there until midnight. At Christmas-time, CC stuck around. He took 15 minutes to do what it took us 6 hours to figure out.
Just Food isn't for people who are perfect. CC started volunteering for ECKAN more than 5 years ago when he lost work. Remember last week when I said that low income people are generous? This is a perfect example of that. Here's a guy that could do anything with his free time, and instead of taking, he gives back.
CC brought in BBQ yesterday. Brisket, sausage & potato salad. He says frequently that without this family, he couldn't help his other one.
I am grateful to be able to work with people like this. They are heroes. Without them, we couldn't do what we do.
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