Maine Observer: Sadness needn’t diminish joy of holidays

… Yesterday, I volunteered at the Preble Street soup kitchen for the first time. There, in the big gray building, amidst the homeless, was joy. Mary welcomed me with a "thank you hon" and put me to work.

As I was setting salt and pepper shakers on the tables, an older man handed me a piece of cardboard with pinecones and red berries glued to it saying, "Here. I made this for you." It was beautiful and became a lovely centerpiece for one of the tables. As Shirley and I served desserts and replenished trays through lunch, we shared in many smiles and holiday wishes … 

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