Gleaners Soup Mixing Day

Gleaners 2010A day trip to Oliver on a clear sunny Saturday is most pleasant.

A day trip to Oliver to work at the Gleaners operation was a remarkable experience!  Coming just on the heels of the Haiti earthquake, the work we were able to accomplish was very meaningful to me, as we filled and packed bag after bag of soup mixes into barrels to be shipped out.

By the time our carload of four volunteers arrived, there were only a few tasks left to be assigned and I was designated as a ‘runner’, and this involved taking the filled bags to the sealing machines.  Moving efficiently in a narrow, busy, congested hallway required intricate footwork and timing, and early on some of us decided not to say ‘sorry’ each time we ran into each other.  One ‘sorry’ covered all day!  The work was well organized even in the limited space available and I was impressed at how diligently everyone kept at their task.  During our workday, we were treated to delicious coffee breaks and warmed by a bowl of hot soup at lunch to keep us energized.

Working with the other volunteers was a privilege and I so enjoyed meeting a number of new people.  My appreciation goes to the staff and organizers at the Gleaners, who show such dedication to the work.  These are some of the ordinary ‘heroes’ of our day.  I was blessed by my experience.  To do what lies clearly at hand and fill a need is an extraordinary pleasure and privilege.

Serena  Quiring

Find out more about the Okanagan Gleaners here: 

View more photos of the Gleaners trip here: 

Gleaners 2010