It is a gathering like billions of others that will take place across the globe over the next few days.
The smell of a well-cooked meal fills the kitchen. Friends and family gather round:
“Did you get breakfast yet?”
“Make sure you go to the kitchen to get some before it’s gone!”
“This tastes really good!”
They joke with each other, ask about those who are absent, ask about others’ recent travels, talk about their children’s memories of this same kitchen.
This Christmas gathering is taking place in Patchwork’s kitchen. The guests are our staff and volunteers and neighbors. Some are regulars. A couple are here for the first time. They are all grateful for a hot breakfast casserole cooked by Darlene with help from Nancy.
We are grateful for the warmth and generosity that fill our building. We’ve received many special gifts over the last several weeks. Our Food Pantry has benefited from extra donations of food, and the shelves are well-stocked for the coming winter months. We’ve received extra donations of toiletries for our shower guests and pet food to share with hungry pets. And we’ve received financial gifts that will help us keep the lights on, the building warm, and the programs running.
Patchwork will be closed from December 24 through January 3. We will re-open (including our food pantry and children’s program) on Monday, January 4th.
Thank you again for your support! Merry Christmas! We’ll see you in the New Year!