“Look at the love, look at the love,” Charlie Burton says over and over.
On a blazing hot summer’s day, Charlie stands next to his wife, Robin, on the stoop of their two-story brick house in Ellenwood, Georgia. They watch as Janice Dixon, who runs the local food pantry Community Outreach in Action, unloads boxes from a vehicle and brings them into their home.
“Oh, my Lord, Janice. What a pleasant surprise,” Robin says, as she bursts into tears. “I didn’t mean to [cry], but I thank you, I love you.”
Robin has breast cancer and left her job amid the pandemic to reduce her risk of contracting COVID-19. The couple has been relying on Charlie’s disability payments and has been under immense financial pressure due to insufficient health insurance for Robin’s chemotherapy. Now, with regular food deliveries from Community Outreach in Action, the Burtons have one less thing to worry about, and are able to afford their copay at the doctor’s office.