In Seattle yesterday we went with our youngest daughter, Chrissy, to the Teen Feed appreciation luncheon.  Teen Feed is an organization that works to both feed and mentor homeless and at-risk teenagers.  About a year ago, Chrissy told me of her work with the Seattle youth. To say I was impressed then by her commitement was an understatement.  That she continues to give freely of her time is even more impressive.  She is a kind, compassionate, and inspiring young woman.  Yesterday at the luncheon, a brave firefighter/EMT stood before the room of volunteers and their families, and shared her story.  She spoke of being abandoned as a young child, of going into the system, of living on the Seattle streets.  As she spoke, the room stilled until the drop of a single pin could have been heard by all.  She spoke of finding not just nourishment at the Teen Feed  tables, but of embracing the hope and acceptance given as freely as the food.  She told of those like Chrissy who unselfishly give of their time and their hearts, and of how they make a difference whether they see it or not.  It was a moving story that reminded each person in that room that every kindness regardless of how small or inconsequential it might seem at the time matters.

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