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Cyndi

From Colorado Springs, CO

Story Type: People We Serve

Programs Used: Food Pantry

How We Helped: Hope

Cyndi and her husband are loving parents to five boys. When they moved to Colorado a few years ago, she was excited for the new adventure. “We thought we had everything planned out,” Cyndi said. “You know, all the I’s dotted and t’s crossed… money saved up for all the expenses, or so we thought.” She says little things came up, here and there, and with raising five boys, they quickly added up. “We looked at our incomes- what we brought in together and all the money that was going out- and it just wasn’t working.”

As full-time working parents, they were able to get their bills paid, and their rent in, but sometimes, that was it. “To be honest, there were a lot of times when we didn’t have enough food. I remember when I brought home a pound of ground beef and buns. We could only afford it because the price had been reduced. My two oldest sons had to share one hamburger, and my three youngest had to do the same,” Cyndi told us. “My kids didn’t complain, but I could see the sadness on their faces. This broke my heart to pieces. I felt as a mom, no matter how hard I tried, I wasn’t good enough because I couldn’t provide for them what they needed.”

Cyndi knew something had to change. She reached out for assistance, and through that, learned about Care and Share Food Bank. “My family and I were able to go to a food pantry that receives food from Care and Share and pick up items that together created full meals.” Cyndi shared one memory she’ll never forget. “It was the first year we moved here, and the holidays were right around the corner. I dreaded Thanksgiving and Christmas so much because I worried about whether I would be able to provide everything- the food and the gifts. I kept imagining my kids going back to school and being asked by their friends, ‘what was your Thanksgiving like? What did you have?’ And I knew they wouldn’t have an answer.” But when Cyndi went to the food pantry a week before Thanksgiving. She was amazed. They received a holiday food basket, complete with a Care and Share turkey. “I was so overjoyed and delighted. I didn’t feel like I had failed my family after all, and I just broke down in tears.” Cyndi says the kindness and generosity she and her family have received from the community has been life-changing. “I know what the heavy weight of worrying about how you are going to feed your children feels like. But I also know what it’s like to have that weight lifted from you. It’s incredible.”

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“I know what the heavy weight of worrying about how you are going to feed your children feels like. But I also know what it’s like to have that weight lifted from you. It’s incredible.”

- Cyndi