The Eleventh Box

The Eleventh Box

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Be The Best You Can Be

The Eleventh Box

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

~Acts 20:35

What is your most memorable Thanksgiving? For me, it was on the eve of the day. The church had the names of ten families scheduled to receive food baskets. A local merchant donated hams, and groceries were purchased from the food bank. As we packed the boxes in the fellowship hall, these families were excited over the food they were taking home. It would be the best meal many had enjoyed in months. As they were picking up their boxes, another family arrived. Father, mother and three children piled out of an old pickup truck and came inside the hall. This was a new family, not on our list. They had just heard there was food being distributed by a church.

I explained that we did not have enough for an extra family. And as I tried to assure them that I would do what I could, an amazing thing happened. With no prompting, a woman put down the box she was carrying and quickly found an empty box to place beside it. She began removing items from her box to share. Soon others followed her lead, and these poor people created an eleventh box for the new family.

~Pastor Bill Simpson

Submitted by M’Shel Bowen

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