A few months ago, Peggy Pacy reached out to us and expressed interest in bringing food to GMC. She has been such a supporter of our program, bringing not only sandwiches but also toiletries and clothing when we needed them. Everyone looks forward to when she comes in with her adorable dog, Dusty, and her tray of sandwiches!
I asked her to share with us her how she came to discover GMC and her experience providing sandwiches for our guests. We are so grateful to have friends like Peggy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I discovered GMC through my friends at the Homeless Children’s Play Time Project. I enjoy volunteering with the Play Time project, but my main role with them is in fundraising and community outreach.
I love to cook! I asked the folks at Play Time if they had a need for food delivery. They didn’t but they directed me to GMC. As an independent producer I have a fair amount of control over my schedule so I chose Mondays, a day I can almost always start work after food delivery. My dear friend and neighbor covers Saturdays, and together we decided during the cold months to switch to warm burritos! More work and expense but they have been a huge hit. We also asked neighbors via our list serve to pitch in with supplies, and they did on occasion.
I sometimes ask neighbors to come over and share a bottle of wine while we make burritos. It becomes a party and everyone pitches in. When it is just me, I really enjoy it. I know that smiles, and conversations, and appreciation that will be part of delivery.
My favorite moment…. I often bring my dog, Dusty. Lots of the guests like to pet her and feed her treats. One day as I was leaving someone asked me about her name. I explained that she is named after a famous English singer who was big in the 60s and 70’s. Some knew of Dusty Springfield and some didn’t. But it turns out they all knew one song. I explained that when Dusty gets nervous during thunder storms I sing her a Dusty Springfield song. It was really cold out, but in about 30 seconds all of us were in the alley belting out the tune, badly….. but it was fun! ” You don’t have to say you love me just be close at hand…. you don’t have to STAAAY forever I will understand…. a great moment of community.
Delivering meals has become a really important part of my life. When people thank me, I tell them that it is I who am grateful.