5 Pounds of Potatoes

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

What is a bag of potatoes worth? We bought 5-pound bags for Thanksgiving at Kroger for around three dollars each.  To the people we serve, they seem to be much more valuable.

Monday night is youth night at Hope House.   The Monday after Thanksgiving, we had a few  bags of potatoes left over.  One of our young guys, Joshua #3 (we have 3 boys names Joshua) asked if he could bring a bag of potatoes back to his mom.  Shrugging my shoulders, I absentmindedly replied, “sure”.  His face lit up like I had given him a twenty dollar bill.

At the end of the evening, as we were packing up to go,  he  reminded me about the potatoes. The other kids piped up, “can I get some potatoes to take home too?” All the potatoes were claimed and carried out by happy young people.

I threw the potatoes in the back of the car and drove the boys home.  When Joshua #3 climbed out of the car, he lowered his head and looked up to me with a defiant glare, clenching his fists. “I ain’t leaving without my mama’s potatoes, Pastor Dave!”  We both laughed and I handed the bag of potatoes to him and watched as he marched into his front door. He held the bag like a trophy that he would present to his mother.

While driving Jaylen home, he joyfully recounted the ways that his mom could cook the potatoes. “She can make French fries, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, almost anything!”  He had a smile a mile long as he carried the bag of spuds into his apartment.

A 5-lb bag of potatoes at Kroger runs about three dollars. It’s not unusual for me to forget about potatoes in my refrigerator until they begin to sprout.   But in the lives of our inner-city at-risk families, a 5-lb sack of potatoes is a big deal. Especially so to these young men. Each one of the boys is, essentially, the “man of the house”. For whatever reason, the fathers in these families are absent. The boys feel  the weight of their family’s welfare upon their slender shoulders.   Bringing home a bag of potatoes is, essentially, “bringing home the bacon”.

I don’t think I will ever look at a sack of potatoes the same way.


4 Responses to “5 Pounds of Potatoes”

  1. David Hornor says:

    Awesome article, Dave! I felt like I was there with you and the kids. Merry Christmas and many blessings to you and yours! Your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

    ~Dave H.

  2. Dave says:

    Thanks for all you do for Hope House. Tell our friends at Peace Community Church hello!

  3. I was amazed at what you all do for your community at Hope House Houston! Our team at BB’s Cafe is thankful we were able to learn more about you. Have a much loved and blessed holiday season!

  4. Dave says:

    We thank God for people and organizations like yours (BB’s Cafe) . You make our work possible. The children absolutely loved the gifts that you provided for Christmas!


Leave a Reply