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As some of you know, I volunteer as a prep cook in a soup me stirringkitchen in my community of Huron, OH.  We primarily rely on donated food from a number of different sources.  We keep two large freezers for perishable donations.


We are often reminded at our meetings that our needs will be met and our prayers will be answered with enough food to feed those that come to our meal.  It may not always be what we wish for, (the glut of green peppers or the broccoflower are Green pepper saladcases in point), but then we are blessed with someone who knows what to do with the “gift”.

 Time and time again, our needs have been met and come from unexpected sources or circumstances.


The main course for next months menu was supposed to be a “Johnny Marzetti” or some kind of combination of ground meat, tomato sauce, veggies and pasta.  It would have required approx. 60 pounds of ground beef to prepare. 

                                  Fruits and veggies

At our planning meeting, we learned that we only had 33 pounds of ground meat available in the freezer.

What to do, what to do……..

Ideas started to swirl.

We talked about grinding roasts and other beef we had in the freezer to add to the supply we already had.

We talked about changing the menu completely.

We discussed having to come up with a second main course idea.

We discussed taking up a collection between us to buy more ground meat.

 Just when a generous couple on our committee offered to donate $50 toward the purchase……….


The back door opened……..


The chef from our 2nd Wednesday meal popped his head in the door and said, “Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I just put 30 pounds of ground beef in the freezer! The great folks at GFS, where he works, had generously donated the ground meat in the exact amount that we needed.


 We all just looked at each other and a collective whoop went up.

                                 many hands

The good Lord knew what we needed. And once again, and time after time, His goodness and abundance took us by surprise.   

We need only to look toward John 16:23…..Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you……and learn to trust that all our needs will be met.

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Mary M. Kandell                                             
ABR, CNE                                               
Russell Real Estate

It Starts With the Heart 


6203 Milan Rd. Sandusky, OH   44870

 419-239-4140  Cell



Comments (15)

Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Mary, that's a wonderful story, and it confirms my belief that if we use our prayers and efforts thoughtfully, the desired results will occur every time.

Oct 18, 2011 05:03 AM
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Malcolm,  Thank you.  I am amazed every time I work there.

Oct 18, 2011 05:07 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Feeding the hungry will always be an ongoing need in everyone's community....thank you to you and everyone else who helps out in your community as well as others.

Oct 18, 2011 05:31 AM
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Sally,  Thank you.  The pleasure is mine


Oct 18, 2011 06:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I so admire the work your soup kitchen is doing. There are so many in our communities across the country who are suffering from lack of food. What a heartwarming story.


Oct 18, 2011 07:22 AM
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Jeff, Thank you.  There are so many committed to the cause.  We make sure that no one goes home hungry

Oct 18, 2011 08:25 AM
Marcia Szweda

The people that run the Huron Soup Kitchen are wonderful people with only one thing in common, they all want to help and feed as many people as possible that need it. And they do it with the most love you can possibly imagine. I have helped on a couple of occasions and to tell you the truth I have never spent a more wonderful afternoon with a better group of people in my life. Even the Paster of the Church spends time with the families that come for dinner, it's wonderful to see it. I hope I can spend more time there when I can, I travel from Parma, Ohio but It never seams like a long trip to me when I see what the Soup Kitchen is doing for the people of Huron. Good luck to all and God Bless you all.

Oct 19, 2011 05:22 AM
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Marcia,  Thank you, thank you.  It is a wonderful opportunity for us to work together.   We do have so much fun.  Pastor Aber is a wonderful man.   He makes it a point to be present for the meals and sits and talks with all who come.   It is a great atmosphere for fellowship and sharing good food

Oct 19, 2011 05:37 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Mary, trust in the thing, ask for it, know that it will be given. Sometimes it is not in the form we thought we needed, but yours certainly was!!!!

Oct 22, 2011 12:24 AM
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

This coming Wednesday is the meal where we will use the gifts supplied.  Wonder what other miracles will occur?camocamo

Oct 22, 2011 01:34 AM
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

When you're a giver, you see miracles all the time.  So when people ask me, Why are there no miracles anymore?  I tell them stories like this one!

Oct 30, 2011 04:22 AM
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Joetta,  Thank you so much.  We served that Johnny Marzetti dinner last Wednesday and there was enough to go around and then some.  I am humbled

Oct 30, 2011 04:42 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Mary!  And, your needs WERE indeed, met!  Congratulations on the miracle and your drive to give back to the community.  They're so lucky to have you to give of yourself for such a worthwhile cause.

Oct 30, 2011 12:14 PM
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Debe,  thank you so much for the kind words.    My son lives in the Charlotte area, Cornelius.  He said you had a mighty fine day there today.  Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

Oct 30, 2011 02:36 PM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

What a blessing!  This shows when you are doing your best that it will always "pan" out!

Nov 02, 2011 09:58 AM