With a little help from my friends...part 2

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.

To become a part of our incredible organization, visit www.justfoodks.org to find out how you can donate your money, volunteer your time, and lend your voice to people who need it.

Tagged: low income, lawrence, hunger, cc, heroes, volunteer, food bank, just food, douglas county, food pantry, volunteering

Comments

Karrey Britt 2 years, 4 months ago

We need more people like CC in the world! :) Thanks for your kindness and all that you do.

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Megan Green Stuke 2 years, 4 months ago

Jeremy, you are doing an amazing and important thing with these stories. Thank you so much for them.

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Marilyn Hull 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow. How lucky you are to have such and incredible volunteer.

Part of the beauty of this is that you (Jeremy) are creating a climate that is welcoming to volunteers of all backgrounds and abilities.

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justfoodks 2 years, 4 months ago

Ladies:

Thanks for your feedback. CC was so happy to read this. He asked for it to be printed out so he could put it in his scrapbook. Our commitment to our volunteers is to do more for them than they could ever do for us. We live that out. Thank you for affirming that!

More stories are coming this week & next. This is merely the beginning!

Sincerely, Jeremy

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