Acts of Kindness: From Indiana to Oregon, a man on a Mission
EUGENE, Ore. - A Eugene man's heart for serving others is catching the attention of several people in the area.
He was involved in homeless ministry back in Indiana, and was looking for something similar when he moved to Oregon more than two years ago.
In this week's Acts of Kindness, we feature Charlie Skoog, a volunteer at the Eugene Mission.
Charlie has been volunteering at the Eugene Mission for a little over a year now, checking in every Monday and Tuesday for a four-hour shift, and other days, just coming in whenever he's needed.
"He rides his bike every day, no matter what the weather," said Tom Burnham, who volunteers alongside Charlie. "Always has a really positive attitude, encouraging words. So yeah, he's a lot of fun to work with."
Charlie's tasks include organizing clothing donations for the men's center, but Dave Baker, Charlie's supervisor, says that Charlie's hard work at the Mission is driven by his passion to serve others.
"Charlie is an exciting guy. He comes in and he's really engaging in whatever we ask him to do," said Baker, the Donation Warehouse Coordinator. "I find in Charlie really a heart for the men that are here, and I really appreciate that. I give him a task and he's distracted by the people that he loves."
Charlie says that volunteering at the Mission has given him the opportunity to share is testimony to those who will hear it.
"I've struggled with alcohol and drugs my entire life, up until some things changed," said Skoog. "I've been clean and sober since February 7, 2009."
And now, Charlie says he can share his story to encourage others, giving his time every Monday and Tuesday at the Mission with a task to help find clothing for the visitors, but with a heart to give compassion and kindness to the people he serves.
"Every man and woman that comes here is special," said Skoog. "So I need to look at them the way that God looks at me, and so, that's what I try to do."
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