KILLEEN, TX – Ronda Richardson has never spent a month distributing nutritious food to the community for nearly 7 years.
A week of rain, hail and snow nearly shattered that record when the Refuge Corporation’s 18-wheelers food distribution got stuck on an icy road to reach Killeen.
After rescheduling the event to be Saturday, a week after its original day, the little morning mist didn’t have a chance to stop her from doing what she loved.
“It’s an honor and a privilege,” Richardson explained. “It’s just great joy that you make a difference in someone’s life, so I’m grateful.”
She volunteers at the Refuge Corporation, an organization that aims to provide healthy supplies and food to those in need.
Both are hard to come by in stores today after last week’s bad weather.
“The need is immense,” Joseph Solomon, executive director of the organization. “When I look at the food market, the shelves [were] it’s empty and I see it on TV… we have to do something, we have to do something. “
But the road to get there is tough and there are hurdles, some so big Solomon said he was nervous about not having any events at all this month.
“We are very worried,” he explained. “We had bad weather, we had storms, and it delayed us. We used to be here every third Saturday, but we couldn’t because of the trucks, supply difficulties came in. “
Some of the trucks never made it at all. What’s wrong with them? Produce.
“We can’t have everything we need for granted,” Solomon said. “But we have enough money to meet people’s needs.”
They are still distributing baby supplies, such as diapers, meat, dry and canned goods and bottled drinking water.
As Richardson works his way through the line of cars, stopping to wave at everyone, he says giving anything to those who struggle is a blessing.
“When they see that hope is something to hold on to, it just brings a smile to their face that someone cares,” he said with a smile. “Someone cares about them.”
The Refuge Corporation mobile food kitchen holds a food drive on the third Saturday of each month. To stay up-to-date about future times and locations, visit Facebook the page where they regularly post updates.
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