published Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Good Deed: There really is a free lunch for volunteers

There really is a free lunch for volunteers

I work with a group of men from Rivermont Presbyterian Church who volunteer regularly for Habitat for Humanity. It is especially rewarding to participate in the dedication of a home that you have helped build when the key for the new home is given to the owner, knowing how hard they have worked to arrive at that moment. It invariably brings tears to your eyes.

Recently when working on a house in East Chattanooga, six of us went to the Track’s End restaurant off of Amnicola Highway for lunch. Because most of us were wearing either Habitat shirts or caps it was apparent we were Habitat volunteers. When we finished and asked for our checks, we were told that a gentleman in a nearby booth admired what we were doing for Habitat and had paid for our lunch. It was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

Bob Reid

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