What does it mean to love your neighbor? For Cheryl Abel, who has been volunteering at the York County Food Bank for 3 years, love looks like small acts of practical service. Pre-COVID-19, she had volunteered once a month at the Food Bank, packing boxes for seniors. But when COVID-19 hit this spring, she knew she needed to volunteer more, sometimes two or three times per week.
Cheryl says, “I have been so blessed and want to be a blessing to others, by paying it forward. My prayer has always been ‘Lord use me.’ I know by serving the Lord in this way, I am also spreading his love and hopefully being a light in the darkness.”
Through her work at the Food Bank, she also gets an up-close view of what is happening to her neighbors. “I realized what a dramatic affect COVID-19 had on our community and how many families became food insecure. I think it is great that our community can provide this service to those in need and I will continue to pray for the program, volunteers, and those in need,” she says.
Volunteering has also helped her to meet other people in our community. …