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Behind The Meals; Volunteering At The Union Gospel Mission

SPOKANE, Wash. - Every Tuesday and Friday Jerry Brodeur volunteers at the union gospel mission and smiles. But it wasn't always this way. Brodeur reached out to the mission three months ago.  after the love of his life Clara died in February. They were married 50 years.

Brodeur remembers his wife as "the most wonderful woman in the world. She was a great cook, a great baker, a great mother,  a great housekeeper."

To help with his grief, and to keep busy, he started serving salads, shaking hands and talking to those also in pain.

"I just love people. I can shake hands and wish them a merry Christmas and stuff. When we fed people the last two days, the guys stood in line and I shook hands with everybody and tell them merry Christmas, God bless you."

What started as volunteering has now turned to comfort. The staff is like his second family and Brodeur won't leave without giving everyone a hug, knowing his wife is always there in spirit.

"I know she would be happy knowing that I'm here too if she was around, but she knows what I'm doing so...She watches me all the time."

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