On Monday, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I had the opportunity to help deliver food and money that you so generously donated to the Mid-South Food Bank. Thanks to you, we provided 34,299 meals to those in need. I would like to thank those who donated, our Community Relations department for organizing this donation drive in one week, and I would also like to thank James Huffman, CEO and administrator of Baptist DeSoto and the chairman of the Mid-South Food Bank, for leading this donation effort.
This is just one way you answered what Dr. King called “Life’s most persistent and urgent question, ‘What are you doing for others?’” In just the last few months, you gave so much to those who have so little. You gave food, money, gifts and more to the needy during the holidays; donated to the Red Cross’ Louisiana flood relief efforts; and helped support the Center for Good Grief on #GivingTuesday. You did all this and more while also giving through your church and other organizations, and helping others in countless other ways. Your generosity is an inspiration to me.
Dr. King once said, “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the Good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'” Thank you for putting the needs of others above your own, and for honoring Dr. King’s legacy in such an important and meaningful way.