Volunteers Find Love at Our Daily Bread
Many volunteers are often unsure of what to expect the first time they volunteer for lunch service at Our Daily Bread, but Kelly surely did not expect to meet her husband while volunteering with her church.
Kelly was a first-time Our Daily Bread volunteer when she came to help with lunch service with the St. John’s of Columbia young adult group in the summer of 1998. Lou, on the other hand, was an Our Daily Bread volunteer veteran who had been coming regularly for several years. That day both Kelly and Lou were assigned to serve the family section and there was an instant connection between the two. They talked with each other the entire shift and talked even more when they both returned to volunteer two weeks later.
In the fall of 1999, about 14 months after their first meeting, the two were married. Today they are the proud parents of two children, Kevin, age 3, and Faith, who is 4 years old. Kelly is quick to point out, "although it seemed like a short time, you know when you know!" The funny thing says Kelly is that, "unknown to Lou, I had prayed to St. Joseph that I would find a loving husband, and Lou proposed on March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day."
As they approach their 10-year anniversary, they still find the same joy in volunteering as the day they met. Kelly and Lou volunteered together twice a month at Our Daily Bread until they had their children. Now Lou volunteers on the 2nd Sunday of the month and Kelly on the 4th Sunday, while the other spends time with the children. Kelly says their children cannot wait until they are old enough to come with them to volunteer, but they are almost at a good age where she can start helping to make sandwiches that she and Lou can bring to Our Daily Bread.
For more information about volunteer opportunities with Our Daily Bread, please contact Doris Franz-Poling at (443) 986-9031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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