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I have written about my volunteer work at the Gilroy Compassion center before.  It just felt fitting to write about it again in a season of being thankful.  The video I have attached to my blog this month was taken last year.  It is a mission that I have been a part of since its inception.  We call it the Manna Project.  In the bible “Manna from Heaven” is food that God gave miraculously to the Israelites in the Exodus, after the food they had brought with them out of Egypt had run out.

The Manna bag contains water, snacks and a message of hope.  We have heard from the clients that these small bags of manna help sustain them between meals.  And, they really love the message of hope that is in every bag.  Most of the time we order the cards with the bible verse.  However, there are local groups that take a stack of blank cards and personally write the messages.  If you are inspired, get some blank business cards to write messages of hope.  You could do it by yourself, or take them to a group you belong to and have the group write messages – include your state/country on the card.  Mail them to me and I can include them in the manna bags.  Email me (kmannino@forever.com) and I will give you my address if you are interested.  We would love to have messages from around the country or the world!

Most every day, I actually think about all the blessings in my life and I am so grateful.  That does not mean my life is perfect.  Life happens to all of us.  There are a wide range of circumstances that bring clients through the doors of the Gilroy Compassion center.  It is not lost on me that I could be one of the people walking through that door.  You just never know.

I love being a part of something greater than myself.  It is interesting that I serve at the Compassion Center with the thought of helping someone else, but in the end, I am helped too.  No act of compassion is too small.  Let your faith guide you and give what you can – time, money, or both. Don’t look back, just keep moving forward.  Don’t let one story of judgement be your deciding factor on participating.  Have faith that what you give will be used for the greater good.

Trust me, even in the hardest times, there is always something to be thankful for.


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