A Holiday Message from the PRC Chairman

Posted on Dec 22, 2014

Dear neighbors and friends,

Giving, sharing, loving, caring, and thankfulness – these are but a few thoughts and feelings I think of at this time of the year. No matter what economic state we may be in, the holiday season is a time to count our blessings. While we may not have the same blessings or the same amount of blessings, we all are the recipients of blessing in abundance – a blessing that we are meant to share from our abundance with those who do not have what we have.

We at the Pawling Resource Center feel this way all year round! The blessings walk through our doors every day! They come in the form of donations of food from businesses, Scouts, churches, schools, individuals, and families. They come in the form of volunteers who drive neighbors to medical appointments and to the grocery store, and volunteers that stock our pantry shelves, answer our phones, write thank you letters, and help our clients. They come in the form of monetary donations and gifts. And, perhaps the greatest blessings we have are our clients themselves! They are our neighbors in need, and they are a blessing to us, for it is a blessing to be able to bless them. Everything we have is a blessing, freely received. One of the greatest joys and blessings we have is being able to give and to share of our blessings and to help someone in their time of need.

What’s really neat and wonderful to see is that even our clients want to bless others. For example, we have a food pantry client who volunteers as a driver. We have another client who knits scarves and sweaters to be given to others. Just because we may have need in one area, does not preclude our being able to bless in another. They want to bless and to serve because they are thankful and because they love their neighbor. We are thankful too. We are thankful for them, and we are thankful for you.

Thank you! Thank you for helping us bless our neighbors in need. Thank you for blessing our community that it may be a place in which giving, sharing, loving, caring, and thankfulness occur all the year round. May you be richly blessed this holiday season. And, may you be a rich blessing to others all the year round too!

Rev. Jon M. Ellingworth

Board Chairman, Pawling Resource Center