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March 24, 2016 @ 7:22 AM by: Richard Steinecke

There is a scene from my favourite Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, where Jimmy Stewart slams the door shut at closing time at his Savings and Loans Company. There had been a “run on the bank” and he had two dollars left between survival and bankruptcy. It felt a bit like that today at the Food Bank. Oasis had a similar moment when it closed its doors today at ten minutes past usual closing. We had a record number of people (120 I think) well past our previous record last Christmas. Wait times exceeded an hour for many of our community members. There was palpable anxiety in the air as people grew impatient with the delays and worried whether there would be sufficient food for them. I went around serving crackers and wise cracks trying to relieve the mood. Our staff and volunteers worked flat out without a break for three hours straight making sure everyone received food in the quickest possible time. Even though our food hamper room was filled to bursting at opening, we had to do an emergency run to the local discount grocery store for additional supplies. Lunch was delayed for half an hour as the last stragglers were served and everyone cleaned up. The primary emotion at lunch was satisfied exhaustion.

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