According to a Chinese Proverb: One day an elephant saw a hummingbird lying on its back with its tiny feet up in the air, "What are you doing?" asked the elephant. The hummingbird replied, "I heard that the sky might fall today, and so I am ready to help hold it up, should it fall." The elephant laughed cruelly. "Do you really think," he said, "that those tiny feet could help hold up the sky?" The hummingbird kept his feet up in the air, intent on his purpose, as he replied, "Not alone. But each must do what he can, And this is what I can do."
For 26 years Sharing the Bread Cedar Hill Food Pantry, now under the umbrella of Cedar Hill Shares, has honored individuals who willingly and tirelessly give their time, talents and service to The Cedar Hill Food Pantry and New 2 You Thrift Store. This year alone volunteers have registered over $5,000 hours of volunteer service. According to the National Volunteer Association at $15.00 an hour this is equivalent to about $75,000. On Friday evening, April 22, 2016 Cedar Hill Shares staff and Board Members came together to celebrate, honor and appreciate volunteers. The Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held at First United Methodist Church Cedar Hill. Through a narrative of the story, Stone Soup by Marcia Brown, all were reminded of how the ripple effect of three smooth stones fed an entire village. The evening was highlighted with hearty bowls of delicious stone soup prepared by Judy Dickerson and the smooth mellow musical sounds of Pittman, who himself is a volunteer at the Food Pantry. We are grateful for our volunteers, we applaud their efforts and acknowledge that like a smooth stone or a tiny hummingbird they each make a difference in the lives of so many - they volunteer.