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Reprinted from A Taste of TASK March 2001

"I Wish You Could Have Seen the Little Boy's Face Light Up!"

Volunteer Reflections
By Whit Gooch, a dedicated TASK volunteer from Crosswicks Ellisdale United Methodist Church.

The doors had not opened at TASK. It was a cold winter morning and I was doing volunteer work. It was a perfect time for me to sort through some of the clothing that had been donated. When the doors opened, we would be offering the clothes to those who needed warmth.

I noticed that just about all the clothes were adult-sized, so I was surprised to come across a pair of children's mittens. I didn't have any particular category to put them in so I set them aside and kept on working.

When the doors finally opened, a lot of people came rushing in to get out of the cold. Among them was a distinguished looking elderly gentleman with grey hair and a beard. He had a little boy with him who looked to be about three years old.

The man sat down and helped the little boy take off his jacket. Then he hugged him. It gave me a warm feeling inside to see such a loving and caring relationship between the two.

But the next thing the man did really touched my heart. He took the little boy's small, cold hands into his to warm them. At that instant my spirit soared!

"The mittens!" I exclaimed. I just couldn't hold my excitement within. And as I walked over to the spot where I had placed the mittens I thought about how the Lord must have known all along that those mittens were meant for that little boy!

The man was still holding the little boy's hands when I brought the brightly colored mittens over to them. And I wish you could have seen the boy's face light up when I handed the mittens to him!

The man looked up at me and quietly said, "Thank you." To which I replied, "You're welcome."

That was all that needed to be said.

As I walked away I heard the man say that he was going to tuck the mittens into the boy's jacket sleeves. The boy said, "Please Grandpa, I want to wear them now."

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