There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven…..
I am so grateful for the time I have spent working at the food pantry, it is an honor, a pleasure and a blessing – but now is my season for change – a season for new beginnings and exciting adventures. When I first started this journey I was full of energy and enthusiasm and, along with others, I had a dream that more could be done to feed the hungry in the Cedar Hill community. I remember at the time thinking, “How in the world, can this possibly work”? The pantry had little or no money and we actually did not have adequate space for such an endeavor. However, my belief and my mantra at the time was, and remains, “God knows our needs, He knows how many we can feed and He will send the food and the volunteers to make it happen.”
So, on January 1, 2017 - a new beginning for me, a new journey – RETIREMENT; a time when I will actually meet my neighbors and get more involved in activities in my own community and maybe start a few hobbies along the way. I have given the idea of retirement a great deal of thought – I am not naïve and I know that this will be a difficult transition; after all, the pantry has been my life for so many years and as it has often been said, “Gene you are the face of the Pantry”. While retirement can be uncertain and exciting at the same time, I am reminded that God never closes one door without opening another.
I read somewhere that the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor touched but are felt in the heart. After retirement, I may not see you as often as I typically would and I may not have the opportunity to hug you as much as I want, but I will never, never stop feeling you in my heart. I look forward to hearing from and visiting with as many of you as I can before I leave.
“Happiness is possible only when one is busy. The body must toil, the mind must be occupied, and the heart must be satisfied. Those who do good as opportunity offers are sowing seeds all the time and they need not doubt the harvest”. Author Unknown
September 22 is the day Cedar Hill Shares has waited a whole year for. This is the one day our friends can login NorthTexasGivingDay.org anytime between 6:00 a.m and 12:00 p.m. midnight and make their donation grow. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,00 gifts benefiting 2,020 nonprofits. We are proud to be one of those nonprofits. A percent of the total will be added to your donation.
Cedar Hill Shares is in midst of our Capital Campaign to build our new building to better serve those in our city. Your donation can be designated to go toward expenses or the Capital Campaign.
The city of Cedar Hill has lost an amazing servant. Doris Childres was called home to heaven 5/31/16. Cedar Hill Shares, as most other organizations in Cedar Hill is in deep mourning. At age 91 she was still a faithful active volunteer. She has been the longest volunteer Cedar Hill Food Pantry has ever had starting in 90's.
Back in the days the Pantry was run completely by volunteers she took her turn as President. Her volunteer service included pioneering volunteer recruitment efforts, procuring food items for the Pantry, She headed up the RSVP volunteer program for Cedar Hill since 1996. She was the daily "mailman" for First United Methodist Church, the Food Pantry and New 2 You Thrift Store.
When asked why she helped so many she said that she loved to volunteer because she was raised to help others and it is in her nature.
Services will be held Saturday, 6/4/16 at 11:00 am the First United Methodist Church, 128 N Roberts Rd., Cedar Hill
Doris, we miss you terrible already. We know you will find a post office and many ways to help your Lord in heaven. RIP fair lady.