One hundred loaves of bread and a big smile arrived at the Melissa Community Outreach as a Melissa third grader wanted to make a difference and make things better. When the Melissa Food Pantry, (Melissa Community Outreach) became low on bread the call for help reached the heart of young student who knows all too well the gift of giving.

"I want to carry every bag by myself," said Ashley Teed as she worked hard to carry and store bag after bag of bread. "I want to do all the work myself and I can stack all of them in the freezer myself. I just may need some help reaching the deepest part ; I am not as tall as a big person."

We watched as this young girl made trip after trip moving bag after bag of bread from the car to the bread freezer. She had to stack the freezer all on her own with the largest smile I have ever seen. This is the passion and gifting we see all the time at the pantry. However, this was the first time we had the opportunity to just sit back and watch a determined young Angel do all the work.

"Let me know when you need more food. I will take care of it," Ashley yelled as she left to go home.

The Melissa Community Outreach, located at 3107 Highway 5 in Melissa, can always use bread, one pound bags of rice, dry beans and canned tomatoes.

For more information on how you can help stop by the MCO between the hours of 5 and 6:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday or call 214-608-0718. You can reach us at