COLORADO SPRINGS — The Compassion Food Distribution of Colorado aims to meet folks at whatever point in their life.
"We want to help you, but we want you to help yourselves too," said Kayla Ocana, organizer.
Let's put it this way, if someone asks you to help get their car out of the snow, you're probably going to say yes, assuming the person who's car is stuck will work with you. But, let's say they don't, they instead sit down and watch you do it. You'd probably say something along the lines of, "I'm here to help you, not push your car alone without your help."
"People get a better sense of self worth and value when they are contributing to their own needs," said Ocana.
Well, Ocana says that scenario represents how the Compassion Food Distribution of Colorado helps serve the community.
"We don't ask for names or phone numbers or anything we just try and make it as comfortable for them," said Ocana.
Ocana says most people in line will donate 40 dollars, others might volunteer at next week's distribution.
"We do not turn anyone away, absolutely don't turn anyone away," said Ocana.
It's a different form of distribution.
It's aimed for people who are trying to figure out how to stretch their dollars, especially in times like now.
"You don't expect these things, we have not been in that position," said Melinda Martin, volunteer.
A few months ago, Melinda Martin was sitting in her car at one of the Compassion Distributions, a place she says she never thought she'd be.
Thankful and gracious, Martin wanted to return the favor.
"We watched how everything was going on and we said how do we get involved. We need to get involved and help," said Martin.
It's people like Martin that the Compassion Distribution has impacted.
To learn more about the distributions, click here.