Real Stories: From a client to a volunteer
September 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
Royice Ellison started going to the “Wheels of Sharing” Mobile Food Pantry three years ago, but one day he showed up to volunteer. “One morning we arrived with the truck,” says Sherry LeBlanc, CAFB programs director, “and Mr. Ellison was here wearing a reflective vest and directing traffic.” Ever since, she says, he has come every week to volunteer.
“I enjoy coming and working with the people and helping out,” says Mr. Ellison. “I’m not a lazy man, I get over here early and help people get in line.” Mr. Ellison has lived in Austin since 1985. “Times like these are hard. We don’t have much money. If I get something to eat, it helps me out. I appreciate everything I get [but] they are so short-handed here, so I started coming to help.”
Mr. Ellison says he enjoys working with the staff and volunteers at the “Wheels of Sharing” Mobile Food Pantry. “They always got a smile. The people got a good attitude. Without this pantry there would be a lot of people hungry, and I’d be one of them.”