I pulled into the driveway of Angels early this morning to find a gentleman sitting on the ledge next to our drop off bin.
I got out of the car and walked up to him, then introduced myself and asked how I could help.
He explained to me that he started to unload some of the bags from his car into our drop off bin but had to stop. He told me how his partner Paul had passed away a year ago today. He had tried numerous times over the last year to give away or donate his clothing but the task had become to overwhelming.
I reached over to show him comfort and pat him on the back, but he looked at me and said, “Don’t, because if you do, I am going to break down and cry.”
I told him I know that feeling all too well. You hold onto something painful for so long that the the touch or compassion from someone just breaks you. I leaned over to give him a big hug and he broke down in tears. He had been holding in the pain for so long.
I helped him unload the rest of the bags from his car. We brought them in, and I invited him to help me hang some of the clothing up. I explained how his donation is going to help so many men in need. From causal clothing and shoes, to dress clothing for a job interview or new job. He was so happy to hear that Paul’s clothes will help so many people.
I talked to him about Angels and some of our upcoming outreach projects. He began to tell me how he and his partner had started the process to adopt a child. When he heard about our upcoming Back to School Event, he decided to sponsor 2 children in memory of his partner Paul.
Although this task was heartbreaking for him I am glad I was able to help him in his healing process.