My name is Timothy, and I want to express my gratitude to United Food Bank and to you who give so much of your time and money to help put food on my table. I’ve been homeless, and it wasn’t pretty. I’ve had to move from house to house to house. I’ve slept in my car for more nights than I care to remember. And I’ll never forget those days when I didn’t know when or where I’d be able to find my next meal. But even during those trying times, I never lost hope in myself or in others. And because so many people have been kind to me, I have no choice but to do my part to return the favor.

Being disabled does not keep me from caring. That’s why I volunteer here at the Tempe Community Action Agency’s senior center. I love people and I want to do all I can to help make their lives easier—which often begins with providing the elderly with a plate of food. I figure we all need a little help at some point in our lives—whether it’s food, a kind word, sharing our stories or just having someone to talk to. Because I’ve been disabled since birth, I’ve never been able to get around too well. I will never let that stop me from being a good neighbor to someone in need.

Sometimes I wonder if you realize how much your donations mean to people like me. One thing is for sure: you’re providing more than food for us who are in need.

You’re also giving us hope to make it through one more day. I don’t have enough words to communicate my deep personal thanks to you, so I will just say thank you.

Your grateful friend,