unusually good; outstanding.
|synonyms:||outstanding, extraordinary, remarkable, special, excellent, phenomenal, prodigious; |
unequaled, unparalleled, unique, unsurpassed, peerless, matchless, nonpareil, first-rate, first-class;
"his exceptional ability"
A word I would use to describe all of our volunteers, but one I would like to pull out to use on our friend Joe today. My mother always told me growing up "Never judge a book by it's cover" and so I grew up taking that saying very seriously and never did. And because of that I have met some of the most wonderful and exceptional people in the world.
On Sunday, February 9 our friend Joe was featured in the News Journal asking people to help raise food donations. I was pleased to see a most worthy candidate for the job.
I gave Joe a call and was able to sit down with him for a few minutes for a chat....
Cher: Joe, when did you start volunteering with LCS?
Joe: January 2012 at the Shiloh Baptist Mobile Unit in Wilmington helping unloading, organizing, and carrying orders to cars for folks.
Cher: What got you volunteering with Shiloh?
Joe: At first I was there to get food from the program for my family, then Sandy your program coordinator asked me if I would start helping out, and I said “Sure, I have no problem helping out.” That got me started on wanting to help out the community. Eventually I started working at St. Stephen’s pantry and produce on Wednesdays in addition to Shiloh, and I was added as a sub on the substitute list. I just wanted to help any way I could.
Cher: This must have kept you very busy, what motivated you to keep adding duties to your LCS resume?
Joe: Because you won’t let me leave. You all love me too much!!
Cher: (Laughing) This is true… You are very reliable and every time we call you, you are here for us. Thank you! What are your future plans with LCS?
Joe: My plans are to stick it out with LCS until a better opportunity comes along, like a job.
Cher: We sure hope you stick around, but we sure won’t be sad to see you go because of a job.
Joe: LCS is great place to be and everyone here is very friendly and you are good to me. If I need anything I just have to call and I am treated with respect.
Thank you Joe, for everything you do. You bring a lot to the table to LCS and we are very grateful. I ran across a poem from one of my favorite writers and I thought it fit here really nicely. It's by Tom Krause.
Through my troubles and my worries are sometimes all that I can see - still I always must remember life's not only about me.
Other souls are also hurting and I know that it's God's plan
to reach out to help another - to extend them my hand.
With this purpose as my focus - to be a comfort to a friend -
all my troubles and my worries seem to fade out in the end.
It is one of God's true lessons - how my walk is meant to be -
true happiness I find when life's not only about me.
Thank you to all of our volunteers who give tirelessly and selflessly each and every month and make our mission possible!