“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.” S. Day O’Connor

Every Wednesday Sheri Jones invests her time and energy into making the Food Pantry functional, beautiful and welcoming.

When she goes home, she still thinks of others. Months in the making was a red, white and blue quilt, crafted with love from Sheri to give her to friend, and Food Pantry Manager, Rusty Thigpen.

This generous gesture is a testament to the remarkable volunteers who work alongside us at GRACE, and the mutual affection and respect that is woven after years of working toward a common goal to nourish families in need.

Sheri has been making the Food Pantry a better place since the doors first opened at the Walnut property in 2006. Since then she has given nearly 1,200 documented hours (and we suspect a great deal more) to stocking, sorting and encouraging clients who seek a hand up at GRACE.

“Sheri has been here since the beginning, and it really means a lot to me that she would take the time to make this,” said Rusty. “Don’t make me get teary eyed!”

My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.
Oftimes He weaveth sorrow,
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I, the underside.
Not till the loom in silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

If you are inspired to serve, GRACE has a place that fits your time and talents. Contact Volunteer Manager, Lara Hohweiler, for ideas and resources, or visit our volunteer page on GRACEGrapevine.org.