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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Guzman Family

Our family loves volunteering at Amazing Grace Pantry. We enjoy helping others in our community with a great team of people. Everyone who works at the pantry is nice & very helpful. It is a fun place to volunteer & there are many different jobs that you can do. It is inspiring to see how many people the pantry feeds in our community. Tonight we made 85 boxes of food and it took a lot of people to make that happen. If you want an exciting place to help feed our community then come volunteer at the Amazing Grace Pantry. You will want to come back again, I am sure. Wylie is blessed to have such a beautiful organization which feeds so many people.

Jorge, Marianne, Mateo, & Jennasey Guzman

Billinda

I enjoy volunteering weekly at Amazing Grace Food Pantry giving back to those in need. The gratification of knowing I was able to help put food on table for others is very rewarding. My only regret is I wish i would have started volunteering earlier on in life. Start volunteering and you to can put turn tears into beautiful smiles.

Billinda

MI

In Dec of 2019, I moved to Lavon to be near family, after living for 40+ years in Houston.  I knew it would be a big change, but I believed that God was prompting me to make the change at that time.  I just didn’t know how big the change would be for me – and everyone else.  And then, the pandemic!  5 months of being mostly by myself, with once a week (safe) visits with family, really gave me time for prayer and reflection on God, and “settling in”.  And reading and listening to the news.  Listening (or trying to) to God, and listening to the news – and, to be honest, going a bit stir crazy after 5 months convinced me that I needed to do SOMETHING to help others.  And maybe even meet other like-minded people who felt the same way.  People who were living out their faith by serving others.  One of the churches I had been virtually attending was Chase Oaks – a church that believes in actively partnering with organizations in the community to “be here for good”.  Amazing Grace is one of the organizations they partner with – and was relatively close to me.  I had contributed food and money to food pantries before, but never worked in one, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  What I found was a well run pantry, with a core group of hard-working people who believe in serving others.  Not only do they feed their bodies, but they believe in feeding their souls – with dignity and hope.  And I found a purpose, and a group of people who became like family!

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.

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