Before the pandemic you could find Ellie, a third grader at Gleason Lake Elementary, “working” at the food shelf the first Saturday of every month. Now, she is busy doing remote learning and spending time with her new cocker spaniel puppy named Lady.
Ellie is eight years old. Her favorite color is purple. Her favorite season is winter, “because it’s more cozy than the other seasons.” She loves playing outside, skiing, sledding and making snow forts. Ellie also enjoys checking out items for our guests at the food shelf and finding products off the ordering lists.
Ellie’s favorite part of volunteering is the end of the shift when her “boss” Debby lets her do extra projects like cleaning the carts, breaking down boxes and putting away food. Her most memorable experience was being allowed to go into the central walk-in freezer all by herself, which she found “a little scary.” Doing these extra projects makes Ellie feel special and appreciated.
Ellie thinks all the people at the food shelf “are really nice.” Helping people with their groceries is fun and it makes her feel good inside. Ellie is looking forward to rejoining her volunteer team at the food shelf. Next year she’d like to bring a friend!
Thanks so much, Ellie! We can’t wait to have you back.