This story starts and ends with the same gift.
Every Thanksgiving, LifePath holds a fundraising and awards gala luncheon supported by hundreds of Greater Lehigh Valley businesses and community members.
Wegmans supermarkets donated a three-minute shopping spree to be auctioned off at this year’s luncheon. Presumably, the auction winner would load up on the most expensive items at Wegmans – lobsters, steaks, imported cheeses, a food-lover’s dream.
That gift from Wegmans was purchased at the auction by Barry and Marcy Dobil, owners of Josh Early Candies in South Whitehall Township and Bethlehem who were about to teach us a lesson for the holidays.
When the time arrived for the shopping spree, instead of rushing to the pricey aisles, Barry went straight to the canned-goods shelves while Marcy picked out a ham. None of us knew that the Dobils recently had been inspired by the City Limits United Church of God in Allentown, which gave away 500 turkeys for Thanksgiving.
In three minutes, the Dobils loaded three shopping carts to the brim and beyond with soup, peanut butter and coffee. When asked if the City Limits church had a food pantry, Barry Dobil said, “They do now.”
Wegmans manager Mike Manlove said, “You just don’t see enough of this anymore.”
He, of course, is wrong. You see, he was the original donor of this multiplying gift.