Week 13 – The Melting Pot

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Week 13 – The Melting Pot


The Small Business Services Department from BCS served food at the Melting Pot in Downtown Johnson City this week.  The Melting Pot serves meals to the homeless and hungry, and takes to-go boxes to the disadvantaged shut-ins.  Since its inception, they have served over 17,000 meals.  Lorrie Hale and Kay Pickering of the SBS Department share their experiences:

From Lorrie Hale:

It was truly a blessing to be able to serve the men and women at the Melting Pot.  Ray and Richard were two gentlemen I had personal contact with and they were very helpful in setting up and serving the food.  They help regularly at the Melting Pot but they are also both beneficiaries of the services the Melting Pot provides.  They not only helped serve others with similar circumstances but they did it proudly with a smile.  I was truly humbled by this experience and I believe this type of service should be something everyone experiences at least once in their lifetime.

It made me think of the following verse:

“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;…” -Matthew 25:35

From Kay Pickering:

I really enjoyed giving a few hours of my day at the Melting Pot. It opened my eyes up to how something that simple to me could mean so much to others. We received numerous thanks from the people that came in to eat, which made it all worth it. I have actually decided to try and become more involved in this type of volunteer work here in my own town [Kay works in the Kingsport office]. Thank you to BCS for allowing me to be a part of this!! It made me feel wonderful!!

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