Mothers and boys wear masks and gloves on Tuesday morning and load new shopping carts with food in the Community Table Food Bank parking lot at the United Methodist Church Memorial Church in North Richland Hills.
“We’re only 4, 5, 6 miles from Southlake and Westlake, and there are people who can’t put food on the table,” chapter president Joan Shockley said. “They have a heart of gold, the people who manage this place. So they are our number one choice.”
The Lake Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League buys new shopping carts to help clients get kitchen goods into their cars. This chapter adds bonus contributions to the cart. With the help of Del Frisco in Southlake, the group bought food at a cost to fill a new shopping cart.
“They know we are taking the train,” said Shockley. “They didn’t know we would fill it with food.”
They filled the cart with fast food, staples and hard-to-find items, such as toilet paper. The $ 3,000 YMSL spent on donations has been allocated for group annual meals. COVID-19 makes them shift.
“Because of the coronavirus, we have to help this organization,” said Shockely’s 14-year-old son, Augustus. “I learned to be more grateful for what I have.”
“We hope this teaches them that it is their responsibility as people who live blessed lives, frankly, to help those in need around us in our community,” Shockly said. “In order for our boys to realize, hey, there is a greater need for things that we can do that aren’t all about me.”
“There is always a way to help people,” Augustus said. “No matter what.”