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The Power of a Candy Bar

Recently, a hardworking single mom and her bright-eyed nine-year-old daughter found themselves at Caring Hands Food Pantry, seeking assistance to make ends meet.

As the daughter sat quietly in a corner, engrossed in a book instead of a screen, I couldn't help but notice her appreciation for the written word. When I can, I always encourage children to read. Intrigued, I approached her and asked if she would like a candy bar. Her mother, grateful for any kindness extended to her daughter, gave her permission.

Returning with not just one but two candy bars, I presented them to the young girl. To my surprise, tears welled up in her eyes. Overwhelmed by the gesture, she whispered, "Can I give you a hug?" We embraced, and in that heartfelt moment, I realized the immense power of simple human interactions.

The lesson learned that day was one of gratitude. That candy bar, a small token of kindness, reminded me of my blessings and the joy of sharing them. It encouraged me to seek out more opportunities to bring warmth and happiness to others. From that day forward, I vowed to give away more candy bars, not just in the form of sweets, but through acts of kindness and compassion, knowing that these small gestures can create ripples of love and gratitude in our world. Especially when done in the name of Christ.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His love endures forever.

Psalm 136: 1-3

- Phil Simmons, Director of Community Development


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