AURORA, Colo. — At a time when the world feels like it's unraveling, one man seems to be packing in all the goodness.
"It’s a privilege to be able to help people when they’re down, when they need that help," said Fred Wright.
That man is Fred Wright. He heads up the Hope Starts Here Food Bank. The food bank started as a means to feed a handful of families in Aurora and has since swelled into feeding nearly 500 families every week.
"We don't discriminate against anybody. Anybody who is hungry, anybody who has neighbors that are hungry," said food bank volunteer, Michael Fox. " It's open to everybody."
Helping people is in Fred's fibers. The retired army vet, turned stay at home dad, came to the food bank ten years ago to help his daughter with a school project, but he's stayed for the relationships.
"When I’m sitting here on a weekday and sweating or freezing and getting the food in, there’s no immediate satisfaction," Wright said. "The immediate satisfaction comes at the Friday and Saturday food bank, when people come in and they’re looking for help and we’re there for them."
His payment comes in meaningful moments when a growing number of the desperate come to the food bank hungry for food but leave filled with hope. Every other Saturday, Wright helps with the food bank's drive-thru food distribution, boxing up food and handing it out to those who would otherwise go hungry.
"I just hope that it continues and it becomes a part of their heart because the world needs people that step up for others, especially in this day and time," Wright said.
For more information on the Hope Starts Here Food Bank, visit their website.
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