Volunteer, Eric Graham, shares with us, “I cannot tell you how many times working at the Care Center blessed me personally. From being able to help someone in need to being able to stand and cry with someone who had lost a loved one. I have a million stories, but one that stands out to me is when I had gone to pick up a sofa that a lady was donating to the Care Center to bless someone else. When we got there, I knew that there was something more to this donation, and I found out through talking with her that her husband of 30 years had passed away about 3 months earlier. We stood and talked and cried together as I felt her pain and I was able to be a shoulder in her time of need. Then, when we began to move the couch for loading, something fell out of the bottom of the couch and hit my foot. I looked down and saw a beautiful emerald ring on the floor. I picked it up and handed it to her and she immediately broke down sobbing. That was the ring her husband had given to her for their last anniversary together and she thought she had lost it a month after his death. We cried together some more. See, that’s the thing, it is so much more than just donations and moving couches or thrift stores and bikes. It is about doing life with people and being there when someone needs someone to cry with.”
If you’re interested in getting to know more about this organization and becoming involved in serving the community of Lake Wales, there are two ways to support. First, volunteer. You can contact the Care Center at 863-676-6678 for more information on volunteering. Second, you can donate, whether it’s financially, items for the thrift store, food, or medical supplies. Visit them in person at 140 E. Park Avenue in Lake Wales and find a way to be a person helping a person helping a person.