NOW OPEN RMSER Food Pantries, Food for Optimal Fuel
I wanted to take a moment to write you a confidential (long) email. However, you may feel free to share it within RMSER staff.
I wanted to let you know how extremely successful the food pantry was in Pueblo today. I said the only thing missing there was a cash register. It was well attended and everyone was commenting on the well stocked and complete positive shopping experience. Brandi, Alvin and all of the staff were so kind and welcoming! The cleanliness, choices, and array of purposeful food items was amazing.
I wanted to share a little of my story with you. I have a mother that died of COVID in December and have a 58 year old brother that lived with her his entire life. He has learning and physical disabilities. He can not read or write and is now in ass't living and I am responsible for him. I have a husband with dementia, a daughter with a family and living with a very low income. Needless to say I often feel very overwhelmed and sometimes barely hanging on.
My brother gets a small stipend and it has to go for extra food items, clothing, and personal hygiene items. I have to help him, family members, and a disabled neighbor too with food.
I went to the Chili Festival this year and I noticed a children's area being set up. I introduced myself to Brandi and asked if she needed help setting up. She had me help her two days and it was the highlight of my time at the festival. I also was given items to take to my granddaughters for them to do at home. It was amazing the set-up Brandi had at that Festival; it was as if she moved an entire school full of activities for the children to enjoy.
I never met or knew about RMSER until I met Brandi in September of this year. She explained the services and mentioned the new food pantry that was opening. She immediately impressed me with her organization, caring, and outreach to the Pueblo Community. I had not seen her again until today at the pantry. She was present to greet and welcome all of us into the pantry.
Everyone is going through there own life changing experiences, just as I explained my story to you, we are all weathering storms in our lives. So when you meet someone who has passion and kindness it means a lot and can lift you out of some of the tribulation and trials we are all going through. Brandi has the most sincere heart and is one of those people.
There was a mother at the pantry today, with two girls shopping, and I was saying how amazing the pantry was. The mother told me she didn't know what she was going to do for groceries and was appreciative of the many choices at the store. Another friend of mine is also a grandmother who helps out her kids and grandchildren. We were all pleased and amazed at that pantry and more importantly how kind and understanding Brandi and the staff were.
I wanted to reach out to you to let you know how impressive Brandi is. Her dedication, compassion, and commitment really shined in the set-up at that pantry. We are fortunate to have that Food Pantry on the south side and to have someone like Brandi leading the way and opening that door to welcome all who have food scarcity in their lives.
Thank you to Brandi, the staff, and RMSER for the outreach to the neighbors and community of Pueblo. We are truly blessed and grateful.
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