“If you like to talk to tomatoes, if a squash can make you smile, if you like to waltz with potatoes, up and down the produce aisle…”
For many of us that song is familiar. We heard it as our children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren lovingly listened to the delightful escapades of the Veggie Tales characters. Veggie Tales were created in 1993 to help teach children that they are special in the eyes of God. If you think about it, this is very similar to our ministry of helping the elderly feel special and showing them God’s love through our tender care.
Our own version of Veggie Tales plays out each morning in our kitchen where a dedicated group of Residents volunteer their time to help out. They assist in preparing meals by cutting and peeling fruits and vegetables making them ready to be eaten or used in cooking a meal. Passing by the kitchen, you can’t miss the laughter resonating down the halls. What started as a favor to Sr. Mary Timothy, Sr. Grace and the kitchen staff has turned into a labor of love. They find great joy in being together and helping to provide the meals to everyone in our Home.
The ladies who so selflessly give their time to work were either first asked by Sr. Mary Timothy to help out, or they were invited by current volunteers to join the group. Side by side with the kitchen staff, they begin each morning with Sr. Mary Timothy leading prayers and songs of praise. Together they pray for all of our Residents, staff and volunteers, along with many special intentions.
St. Jeanne Jugan believed that because God is our Father, all men and women are brothers and sisters – members of one family – and thus responsible for one another. This kitchen crew, through their hard work, not only help to provide food, but are living out a true act of love- bringing Christ to all their brothers and sisters in our St. Joseph’ Home Family.