Pay It Forward: Kim Thomas

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Kim Thomas and her Girl Scout from Troop 504 in Irvington have been volunteering (along with some of her 4-H students) at the Shepherd Community Center, as part of the Second Helpings dinners served to people in need every Wednesday night.

But there’s something else they want to provide.

“We went the very first time and noticed that although they had a really great meal, there just weren’t any vegetables or fruits,” said Kim.

So they went out and bought some.

“We were able to serve up four cans of veggies for about 100 people there to eat,” said Kim of their most recent trip to Shepherd.

“When I left the building that night, they were making eye contact with me and telling me how much they appreciated that and that just tore me up,” she said. “I just did one little thing, that’s all it takes, you can do one little thing.”

Now they’re hoping to win the “Pay It Forward” contest so they can do even more to help.

“I am really hoping that we can supplement their meals on those Wednesday nights,” said Thomas. “For a lot of them it’s the only food they have in a day… if they can sit longer and eat and have more nutritious foods to eat then I think that’s a fantastic thing and I’m hoping we can do that with this money.”

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