A couple in our community recently decided to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary by giving to others. On their special day they anonymously paid for everybody’s lunch at the Senior Center.
Several weeks later, a senior husband and wife said that they were inspired by the generosity of the young couple and decided to do the same thing in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary. Again, they paid for the meals of everyone who ate at the center that day.
During the past week I experienced that kind of largesse myself. Dirty and disheveled after helping my parents clean out a shed, my husband and I stopped at Subway to pick up sandwiches for supper. When I started to pull out my wallet, the cashier said, “Your food is already taken care of.” She pointed toward the parking lot and explained, “The lady driving away paid your bill.”
It’s an amazing feeling, that jolt of surprise and pleasure that shoots through you when you’re on the receiving end of an unexpected act of kindness. In many cases, the recipient feels a desire to pass on the joy and give that kind of gift to someone else. Smiles beget more smiles.
Sponsoring a senior meal is a great way to pay kindness forward. Many of our center participants struggle to get by on low, fixed incomes. For some, even the $3 suggested lunch donation is a stretch. Being treated to a free meal is always a welcome blessing.
Gift cards are available for purchase in our front office for just such sponsorship.
We are trying hard to keep the cost of our daily Senior Center hot lunches at $3. At that rate we’re losing roughly $1.46 on every meal we serve. Last month we served 907 meals, and the count was 902 in June.