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. “I have met so many great people of all ages who are helping to make a difference.”
Her volunteer work has also given her hope. “When COVID-19 hit, so many were very fearful. I claimed the scriptures that God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of love and a sound mind and no weapon formed against me shall prosper. Claiming these verses allowed me to commit to the Food Bank,” she says.
We have many opportunities to love your neighbors through acts of practical service. From packing boxes, to picking vegetables, find a full list of opportunities here.