There was a time when Chuck, a worker at the Rose of Sharon soup kitchen, didn’t believe in good people. They were all gone, dead or changed with the times. The world was full of selfish, greedy people who wouldn’t help one another out.
Having that attitude in the middle of a pandemic would be even more devastating, but thankfully, he got a new perspective a few years ago when he started working for the soup kitchen.
“At one time in my life, I was convinced there was no more good people in the world,” Chuck said. “I was convinced of that, and now it’s totally different.”
He spends his time loading up the truck for food deliveries, something they’ve had to adapt to now that restaurants and food-service businesses are closed down.
“I get paid for blessings,” Chuck said. “It is a blessing to get out and spread the word of God.”
Rose of Sharon
The Rose of Sharon soup kitchen has been a Huntsville landmark for years. It’s one of those places that’s comforting to drive by, just because you know they’re there to help if times get hard.
Except now, times are hard. While losing access to stores and restaurants is a minor inconvenience for most people, it can be devastating for the homeless and low-income community.
It started with a plea on Facebook for nonperishable food items. On March 17, Rose of Sharon administrators posted this message: HUGE PLEA!!! I need canned foods and nonperishables ASAP! The Rose of Sharon is being flooded with community needs at this time. I will pick them up or you can leave them outside the soup kitchen or my house. Anything helps!!!!!
It was the beginning of the chaos, the calm before the storm. They started making boxes of food to deliver to the elderly, the homeless and low-income families across Huntsville.
On March 20, volunteers took boxes of food to families on Patton Road in Huntsville.
“I am so exhausted but can’t sleep,” one Rose of Sharon volunteer wrote on Facebook. “Today I felt the desperation of people who are hurting and scared.”
Kids to Love
Once their idea for food boxes took off, they extended their mission into the foster family circles. Volunteers and employees with Kids to Love and the Rose of Sharon soup kitchen packed 40 boxes of food for foster families across the area.
“We kept a safe distance but hooked moms and dads up with beef, chicken, eggs, snacks, bread and even some sweet treats,” Kids to Love wrote on Facebook.
Foster parents are also in challenging situations after schools let out and parents are struggling to mix homeschooling with survival techniques.
“Anything we can do to help is a blessing to them, it’s a blessing to us … and it’s a blessing to who donates to us, too,” Chuck said. “We’re lucky we live in a place like this. … There’s a lot of places that’s not blessed like Huntsville is, that’s generous like that, that helps.”
Food donations have been closed for the time being, but you can still donate money online here.