Like most volunteers, Justin found his way to Our Neighbors' Table with a recommendation from a friend. Justin was no stranger to helping around town. And, as it turns out, he was no stranger to Our Neighbors' Table.
Justin jumped right into helping ONT, immediately boosting the annual Fill-A-Cruiser food drive with appearances from Wally the Green Monster, the Celtics and Patriots! Justin has been so passionate about helping us get out word of ONT's work - from celebrity appearances to spots on iheart radio to ONT's logo on race cars around the country.
So, what is it that makes Justin so passionate about ONT??? Last year, when our long-time volunteer Jim Smith shared his personal story, it inspired Justin to share his own. I'll never forget the afternoon sitting in our office listening to Justin tell me the story of his childhood. To this day, I've heard it, I've shared it, I've watched Justin tell it over and over, and it still moves me to tears.
At first, my heart broke for Justin and his family. But now, my tears are tears of hope. On those tough days when a new guest walks through our door in dire straights, or the market refrigerators break down, when the little things start to pile on, Justin's story and his courage in sharing it bring us strength and hope. Strength to persevere and continue to spread our mission. Strength to lend to our guests who are struggling through a lot of tough days. And hope, that they too are moving on to a brighter future like Justin.
If you ever wonder if donating a box of pasta, giving an hour of your time, or generously supporting our programs is making a real difference, this video is living proof. On behalf of ONT, we thank Justin for his bravery in sharing this story. And we thank you for taking the time to hear it.
With great hope and appreciation,
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