In The Eyes of a Basket Recipient

November 5, 2010


(section 3 of chapter 1 of A Day of Hope)

To help you realize the purpose of doing A Day of Hope, I’d like to share with you a few stories from families who received food from A Day of Hope over the past few years.  Many of these letters and notes have resonated with me, and I hold them very closely to my heart.  They are the essence of why we work so hard to help people in need.

Dear Christopher,

I just wanted to say thank you once again for helping my family with a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner. It really means a lot to us and we would have never been able to make it without you.

My family loves my cooking every year but this year was going to be impossible because I’m not working and I was the one who always provided all the food for everyone.

You and your organization help the local people all of the time and I think you all ROCK! Please tell all of the volunteers that they may not hear it from too many people but I know in my heart that each and every one of us appreciate everything that they do!

Thank you again,


Now that’s got to tug at your heart.  This woman is a friend of mine who has eight children.  She always provided for them until she lost her job as an apartment manager.  Then she had to live in a trailer with her husband and kids.

Here’s another email from a single mother asking for food for her and her two daughters.  (I’m quoting her exactly, so please excuse the incorrect spelling and grammar.)

“Hi, iam a single mother of 2 girls. I was wondering if I was still able to get help for the Thanksgiving dinner. Last year you guys helped me that was soo great. I am having hard times, more than ever. I just got a divorce and its been rough. Christmas will be too. I am not going to be able to do much for them this year.its soo hard. Iam doing the best I can. Anyways if you can help I wold really appreciate it so much. Thank You.” Anonymous

 If that’s not enough, here is another story from a single mother.


I am twenty five years old and a single mother of two small children. I am attending AIU. I am contacting you in hopes of getting help for thanksgiving dinner. I have a turkey and gravy but I am in need of some potatoes and stuffing and all the basic things to cook for thanksgiving. This is the first year that I have been in this position. I am a little embarrassed but I am putting that aside in hopes that you can help. Thank you.

I can be reached at my email address I am usually online for school.”

Jennifer Durling

 Or you can look at a simple thank you I received from a person who received a Thanksgiving box of food:

 “Thanks so much. You have make my thanksgiving.” – Anonymous

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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