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A Heartwarming Christmas Day at Cornerstone's Community Kitchen

Christmas is a time for joy, love, and sharing, and this sentiment was beautifully exemplified at Cornerstone's Community Kitchen this year. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of Evelyn and Gary, the Community Kitchen was transformed into a festive haven, setting the stage for a memorable holiday meal service.

Decorating with Love:

Evelyn and Gary, with hearts full of compassion, spared no effort in adorning the Community Kitchen. The warmth and inviting atmosphere they created played a pivotal role in making everyone feel welcome, fostering a sense of community that is at the heart of Cornerstone.

A Successful Holiday Meal Service:

The true spirit of Christmas unfolded as Yadi and her team of volunteers, served an impressive 90 meals in-house. What made this achievement even more remarkable was the fact that many of the diners came back for seconds, a testament to the deliciousness of the meal prepared by Yadi. It's more than just food; it's a celebration of togetherness and generosity.

Gratitude Delivered to Florence Mill:

In the spirit of extending kindness beyond their walls, Cornerstone's Community Kitchen continued its tradition of delivering meals to Florence Mill. This service, initiated during Thanksgiving, ensures that residents of Florence Mills, especially those who may face challenges in getting to Cornerstone, still receive a hot, hearty meal.

The heartwarming touch of Christmas was felt deeply as Alexis, the Programs and Operations Director, delivered these meals to Florence Mill. Accompanied by her two teenagers, this gesture allowed for not just a delivery but also an opportunity to spread joy and connect with those who may not often have visitors. It was a chance to say hello, share smiles, and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Biblical Inspiration:

Throughout this season of giving and sharing, the actions at Cornerstone's Community Kitchen echo the teachings of the Bible. In Matthew 25:35-36, Jesus reminds us of the importance of feeding the hungry: "For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me."

The essence of community, love, and compassion is beautifully encapsulated in Galatians 6:2: "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ." At Cornerstone, this biblical principle is not just preached but lived out through tangible acts of kindness.

Christmas Day at Cornerstone's Community Kitchen was more than just a meal service; it was a celebration of love, compassion, and community. The efforts of Evelyn, Gary, Yadi, and Alexis, alongside the dedicated volunteers, exemplify the true meaning of Christmas—bringing joy to others and creating a sense of belonging for everyone. As the decorations come down and the echoes of laughter linger, the spirit of Christmas continues to shine bright in the hearts of those who experienced the warmth of Cornerstone's Community Kitchen.

Pat Kupec

Community Kitchen Administrator

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