In the spirit of Easter–the We Care Meals program touched us once more and made even those without one feel like family.
A long-running exhibition of good will finished yet another successful holiday.
We care meals’ easter luncheon came and went so smoothly that you could hardly tell how close it was to not happening.
“What if you get older and you don’t have them?,” said Ed Rathsack, a coordinator of the program. “Your friends have passed on, your older friends don’t get out as much. Your kids have gone off to college and now they’re on the other side of the country. It gets lonely.”
It is a labor of goodwill that invites both the haves and the have-nots.
And this year the Easter meals were a game-time decision.
“At the end of Christmas, we had $750 in our account,” he said. “An average dinner runs us about $4,000.”
The program was two days away from buckling under the financial pressure.
“It was a heavy hand and a heavy heart,” he said. “To do the interviews, I told my wife I really didn’t want to go do the interviews because I felt like I let a lot of people down.”
And then the community he has served for decades raised the money and gave back to him.
He says there was some help from above.
Years ago, he had surgery–and he met a little girl. She gave him a coin with an angel on it for good luck.
He ended up being fine, but the girl had her own health problems and passed away.
“I think it’s her way of being my little angel,” said Rathsack. “I think she’s looking over us to make sure we continue serving the community.”
And the prospects for the future are starting to brighten.
“I’m not worried about Christmas and I’ll probably say we’ll skate through next Easter without a problem,” he said.