Paula & Jan

Paula & Jan Parker. Photo by Justin Mann

Volunteer work can be found in many different places. In this case, it was being at the right place, at the right time.

Meet Paula and Jan Parker. Both are active members of the Crossroads Church in Jackson, MO and happened to find a posting for volunteer work there.

They both jumped at the opportunity to help with the mobile food pantry. This is their second time volunteering.

“We didn’t really have to think about it,” Jan said.

“We looked at each other and said we can do that,” Paula said.

Paula works as an emergency room nurse while Jan is retired from the same profession. Although being retired, Jan stays active by participating more in church, which led to him finding the post about the mobile food pantry.

Over the years, they have witnessed many people who have tried hard to do things right only to have bad things happen to them.

Jan said that they both love seeing someone give back to the community and reinforce what family is all about.

“We truly believe in trying to give back and feel really fortunate for all the things that we have. We just want to help other people.”

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