Here are some thoughtful responses we have received from clients and volunteers, sharing their unique stories and experiences with Amazing Grace Food Pantry.

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Abigail and Sean volunteer at Amazing Grace Food Pantry

Sean & Abigail

Our Ministry is inside the walls, too. Another heartfelt testimony from a volunteer:

I just wanted to let you know that after working full shift this morning, my daughter, Abigail, went to compete in a junior golf tournament. She placed 3rd and won her first medal! After the award, one of the first things she said was, “I can’t wait until I tell the pantry family.”

Most of you may not know the story, but Abigail quit playing golf since the divorce almost 4 years ago. She started back on tour just this February. Our goal was to win at least one medal and make it to the invitational final tournament. With today’s placing, she has solidified her standing to get invited to the final. Against all the adversity, Abigail has made it through and she is continuing to grow. And being part of the pantry has made such a difference for her. Having a sense of belonging and developing a sense of purpose.

Thank you so much for the care you are showing my children. It may be a small success, but it is such a huge step forward for us.

Abby

I wanted to tell you how impressed and inspired by everyone there. The work could be pretty demanding yet the team there returned week after week to serve those in need. The organization and flow of everything was so smooth. I really appreciated the time of prayer as well. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a part. I really enjoyed the work and the people. You all make me think of the song that talks about being the hands and feet of Jesus. Hopefully I’ll be able to serve again with y’all when my schedule is not so demanding.

““Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:37-40‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Abby Doyle
Rich is a client with Amazing Grace Food Pantry

Welcome Rich!

Rich is a new family at Amazing Grace Food Pantry since COVID-19 hit. Job loss and no food – panic was starting to settle in until he found us!

Such a blessing that a place can give a family food for a week. I don’t know what would have happened if they weren’t there. We were out of everything when I went and all of a sudden we have food to eat, it was such a relief.

Rich
Charity i sa client with Amazing Grace Food Pantry

Meet Charity

Charity has 8 kids to feed. With COVID-19 and kids home all day since March, she just can’t keep up with their growing tween/teens appetites. We’re so glad to have her as part of our pantry family.

They are amazing people who pray with us and for us, know our children’s names, and do whatever we need day and night. Their hearts and souls are into it and they bless the community weekly.

Charity
FCCLA Wylie

FCCLA Wylie

Thank YOU SO Much for allowing a few of my F.C.C.L.A. (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) chapter members come help at your food pantry. I cannot wait to come back and serve at the Amazing Grace Food Pantry!

We hope to gather another team soon to come and help you guys very soon! It so awesome to work with your organization.  Thank YOU for allowing my students and I that opportunity!

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!

FCCLA Wylie High School

Sally

A client wrote a poem for the pantry to share with the community. Thank you, Sally!

Stagnant waters breed disease,
So get on up.. and stir the pot,
It’s time. .. to seize,… new life beyond,
And feel. ..the rustling breeze.

Inside of you.. like Waterfalls.
There’s beauty waiting.. to- be released.

Ask for Help, then get on up…
Cause Its time  to carry on.
No time to waste /nor time to stall

Cause..
“We’re all a link in the chain.. of life,
And Together, we can ease our  strife.
Live with pur…pose, sail ahoy. . enjoy.enjoy
Cause We’re all spokes.. in the wheel of life”

Hap..piness is in us all..
Listen to your heart . as it calls from within…
Like watered seedlings you will sow
By helping others you will grow
Like a planted seed.you’ll bloom
Sharing Love can heal a wound

Cause..
“We’re all a link in the chain.. of life,
And Together, we can ease our  strife.
Live with pur…pose, sail ahoy. . enjoy..enjoy
Cause We’re all spokes.. in the wheel of life

Face your fears/Wipe your tears/ turn.. the gears.
Stir the pot and watch your life transform.

As you grow
a better world you’ll come to know.

So come on..The time is Now…

Lets Go!!

Sheriff Deputy Acosta assists food pantry client

Casey

Casey had a stroke 2 years ago, leaving him disabled and without a car. He doesn’t want to impose on anyone to call for help. He, instead, uses a walker to go to Amazing Grace Food Pantry 8 miles away for food. Often passersby will give him a lift and another client or pantry volunteer will take him home.  Recently, Deputy Acosta gave Casey a lift to pantry and waited till he finished shopping then took him home. We can’t praise our Collin County Sherriff’s office enough for caring for each member of our community.

James and Karen

Karen discussed with me about one year ago the need to get involved in a community service activity. We have been retired a few years and needed to do some volunteering. Karen looked for a pantry to volunteer in and selected Amazing Grace because of the people, the process, and how it helps those in our local area, where she and I live. After a few months I decided to join her one day and am really glad I did. Neither of us had a lot growing up, and there were times that my family when I was a child had no food and we relied on assistance. We discovered what a tremendous group of people have accomplished through this organization toward providing meals to those in need whether it be long term or short term. The process is very solid and we are proud to be a part of such an organization.

Jesus teaches us that we are to serve and we are to feed people, both physically and spiritually. We have made many new friends by volunteering at Amazing Grace and have discovered that regardless of where we are in our own walk, our mission is clear. That is provide a means for people to obtain food where a means may not otherwise exist. The leadership of Amazing Grace exemplifies what Jesus taught and we are proud to be a part of an organization that is so focused on defeating hunger in our county.

Rod volunteers at Amazing Grace Food Pantry every week

Rod

I first learned about Amazing Grace Food Pantry through our church web site and have been volunteering at AGFP since early 2018. I started volunteering as a way to give back to our local communities. Friends have helped me in various ways over the years and it feels good to finally be able to give back in a tangible way.

Within a few months of volunteering, I quickly realized that this is much more than just providing food and nutrition to people in need. AGFP is an organization of multiple families. The clients on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays connect, bond, support, and learn from each other. The same is true for the volunteers helping each day. We connect as a team, work together for an incredible cause, and learn from amazing people – clients and volunteers alike. We are all there to support each other through life’s many challenges and successes.

It is great to be a part of the team!

Barb and Judah volunteer

Barb and Judah

My adult son Judah and I started to volunteer at Amazing Grace food pantry about 7 months ago. We were looking for something to get us out of the house, having been a stay at home mom for many years.

We wanted to try it for 1 day a week to start with, just to “see” how it was there. Once we started there we discovered the awesome staff and other volunteers that made us feel so very welcome. It wasn’t too long before we decided to give more than 1 day.

We really enjoy the family atmosphere and the fact that everyone working there comes from all different walks of life. It’s very refreshing to me and it’s bringing a much richer dimension to our lives that we are so thankful for to this day. Besides this there comes the joy of helping people feed their families. Unless you work there you have no idea how much food passes through the doors each week nor how many people are helped.

We also love to see all the different ages come to volunteer, from family’s with young children to senior citizen’s. Everyone can have place to fill at Amazing Grace! My only regret is that we did not find Amazing Grace sooner!

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